The world heavyweight champion of professional boxing Oleksandr Usyk is 10 kilograms lighter than the challenger Anthony Joshua. The Ukrainian will defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles on Saturday night in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), and on the scales today he defied expectations that he would be significantly heavier than in the first fight in London.
In fact, Usyk is almost the same weight – 100.5 kilograms. His British rival, who is also 7 centimeters taller, weighs 110.9 kilograms. The main event of Saturday night’s boxing gala is expected to begin shortly before midnight.
The champion was asked if he had been fooling everyone all along by looking more massive, and he pointedly replied that everyone sees what they want.
“Your expectations don’t always come true. I saw myself in Joshua’s eyes. I saw my reflection. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. Thank you all and may God be with us,” said the Ukrainian star immediately after the weigh-in.
“Kilograms don’t matter. Everything is decided in the ring. I’m looking forward to the match. I’m 100% ready for 12 rounds. Anything shorter would just be a bonus,” was AJ’s brief comment.
Traicho Georgiev also stepped on the big stage. The Bulgarian representative in Jeddah, better known as Traicho the Boxer from Lyulin, also took part in the weigh-in.
Tomorrow he will appear in one of the warm-up matches on the fight card, facing the absolute debutant Rashed Belassa. The billionaire’s son is known for his lavish lifestyle and massive social media following, and now he will step into the professional boxing ring for the first time.
In his career so far, Georgiev has three losses in the same number of matches.