Bulked up Oleksandr Usyk could ‘weigh more’ than Anthony Joshua for rematch

Oleksandr Usyk could weigh more than Anthony Joshua for their rematch in Saudi Arabia after bulking up following their first bout.

Usyk delivered a boxing masterclass to wrestle the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles away from the Brit at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. And the Ukrainian is favourite to retain his titles when the pair meet again almost a year later.

Usyk has been preparing for the bout in Dubai, where he bumped into boxing legend Amir Khan. And speaking to the Seconds Out podcast, Khan confirmed that Usyk was looking a lot bigger than his last bout with AJ.

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“He looks a lot bigger, I mean he was telling me that he’s put on an extra 15 kilos since he last fought AJ," Khan said.

"So, we’re going to see how much strength he’s going to be having. He looks a full-on natural heavyweight. He is big and looks very strong. He nowhere near looked like a cruiserweight, he looked like a nice full-blown-up heavyweight.

“He was strong at the weight, when he was hitting the pads and stuff and you can see the definition on his body. He’s very thick and you can see it’s solid muscle that he’s got.”

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Friday's weigh-in could see Usyk weigh in more than the Brit – who tipped the scales at 17st 2lb last September.

Joshua faces a tough challenge to regain his belts, but the Brit has managed to reclaim his belts before in the desert, when he took on Andy Ruiz Jr.

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