ANTHONY JOSHUA tipped the scales at an enormous 18st 2lb for his IBF and WBO title defence towards late stand-in Carlos Takam.
The hulking Watford star was practically 18 stone when he walloped Wladimir Klitschko into retirement.
However for this title defence he has bulked up even additional to ensure he will get an early KO with a view to a unification battle in 2018.
Someway he seemed as ripped as ever – at his profession heaviest – as he ready to wreck the French-Cameroon contender.
AJ has been sparring cousins, mates, waifs and strays for his stocky late stand-in however is predicted to smash by way of Takam.
Queues exterior the Motorpoint Enviornment on Friday lunchtime have been huge with followers determined to see their hero within the flesh.
Arduous man Takam peeled off his parka coat, skinny denims and baseball cap to weigh in at 16st 11.5lb
Forward of the most recent check on his mega-money path to world domination, AJ stated: “I am assured inside myself however an excessive amount of could be cocky.
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“I used to be studying in every single place that I’d are available in stone lighter however I’ve been doing lots of working.
“Perhaps I’m filling out and discovering my pure weight.
Anthony Joshua’s additional bulk brings dangerous information for Carlos Takam
ANTHONY JOSHUA should be getting his cash’s value out of his all-you-can-eat Nandos black card after he weighed in at an enormous 18st 2lb.
The Watford warrior was anticipated to slide on the scales nearer to a dainty 17 stone however shocked the Motorpoint area when he clocked within the mammoth load.
And the champ was planning on one other meal straight after the weighing ceremony, which means he’ll enter the ring on Saturday even larger.
Make no mistake, the IBF and WBA heavyweight champion of the world appears to be like beautiful and the very idea of a weigh-in on the limitless heavyweight division is ridiculous.
But it surely nonetheless drew gasps across the room when he registered round 115kgs in a profession excessive.
In contrast to authentic opponent Kubrat Pulev, Saturday’s late-notice substitute Carlos Takam is predicted to be gentle work for the Adonis-like fighter.
But it surely’s not simple carrying round that a lot muscle for what may very well be a 36 minute battle.
It seems Staff Joshua have banked on a pleasant early knockout, with the added punching energy his additional muscle will convey.
However lugging about that additional bulk will probably be no enjoyable for anybody after rounds six and 7.
Takam was solely 16st 11lb and is already shedding round 4 inches in top to the 6ft 6in Staff GB star, making this a good larger mismatch.
AJ has the burden of the world on his shoulders and it simply retains getting heavier.
“I’ve to maintain a cool head on my shoulders. I by no means anticipated a turn-out like this
“He has a mindset of nothing to lose – that is a harmful mindset to have. We tried to see who had the stronger handshake. However I’ve to take care of these types.
“I used to be impressed by him. However the outcomes stays the identical. He seemed in nice form so it’s going to take time.”
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