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Anthony Joshua Outweighs Oleksandr Usyk By 23 Pounds Ahead of Aug 20 Rematch

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Former unified heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua has weighed in at a solid 23 pounds heavier than reigning champion Oleksandr Uysk before their rematch this 20th of August.

Their initial clash on 25th September last year at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London ended in a massive upset for Anthony Joshua. The Briton lost the fight via unanimous decision which made Usyk, the then WBO mandatory challenger, the new WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion.

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Ahead of their much awaited rematch, which takes place on 20th August at the King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Joshua weighed in at 244.5 pounds, while Usyk clocked  221.6 pounds on the scale.

Face-offs don’t mean nothing: Anthony Joshua

The weigh in ceremony was followed up with an intense staredown between the two heavyweight elites that lasted for a minute and 45 seconds. While it looked intense, Joshua said that the staredown did not mean much.

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“It was just a face-off. For me personally, face-offs don’t mean nothing,” Joshua said after the weighing in, “It’s just about the bell ringing and us throwing leather, really. Face-offs don’t win fights.”

“I’ll be honest; all this stuff doesn’t matter. It’s just about the fight. All this stuff, weight, face-offs, none of it matters to me. I’m just looking forward to the fight. I’m just ready for 12 rounds. 100% ready for 12 rounds; anything short of that is a bonus,” he added. [H/T Reuters]

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Saikat Banerjee
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A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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