By Keith Idec
Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko arrived at the scale looking chiseled Friday afternoon in London.
The 6-feet-6 Joshua weighed in at 250 pounds for their heavyweight title fight Saturday at a sold-out Wembley Stadium in London. Ukraine’s Klitschko, also 6-feet-6, was a little lighter than usual and weighed about 10 pounds less than Joshua. He weighed in at 240¼ pounds.
Klitschko weighed in at 245¾ pounds for his last fight and hasn’t weighed in as low as he did Friday since he was 240¼ pounds for his stoppage of Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Chagaev in June 2009.
The 27-year-old Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) is in great shape, but his weight Friday was the highest since he turned pro in October 2013. Joshua, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Watford, England, weighed 249 pounds for his last fight, a third-round stoppage of American Eric Molina on December 10 at O2 Arena in London.
The unbeaten IBF heavyweight champion is slightly more than a 2-1 favorite over Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs).
The 41-year-old Klitschko hasn’t fought since England’s Tyson Fury upset him by unanimous decision in a 12-round fight 17 months ago to take Klitschko’s IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO championships. Klitschko, who had won 22 straight fights and made 18 consecutive title defenses before Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) beat him, was a 4-1 favorite entering their November 2015 fight in Dusseldorf, Germany.
A record crowd of approximately 90,000 is expected to attend the scheduled 12-round bout between Joshua and Klitschko on Saturday for the IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight titles.
Sky Sports Box Office will televise Joshua-Klitschko on pay-per-view in the United Kingdom.
Showtime will air Joshua-Klitschko live in the United States, beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT. HBO will replay the fight at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.