Anthony Joshua‘s weight has been a subject of dialog ever since he made the step as much as skilled boxing in 2013. Followers and pundits have often criticised the British heavyweight for being ‘too huge’, ‘too heavy’ and ‘too sluggish’.
Some insist the 32-year-old has bulked up an excessive amount of because the beginner days when he beat Roberto Cammarelle in 2012 to turn into Nice Britain’s twenty ninth and ultimate gold medallist at London Olympic Video games.
Joshua has fluctuated in weight ever since. He has are available at a profession heaviest of 18st and 2lbs for his struggle towards Carlos Takam in 2017. He has additionally weighed in at 16st 13lbs for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr – the lightest he has ever weighed for a world title struggle.
So, Sportsmail’s Charlotte Daly has regarded a whether or not there’s a direct correlation between Joshua’s performances within the ring and the quantity on the scales forward of his blockbuster bout with Oleksandr Usyk on August 20.
Having checked out AJ’s round-by-round capability, the facility he creates and the way he stacks up in comparison with earlier heavyweight boxers, Sportsmail have additionally steered what weight Joshua ought to are available at and what spherical he may trigger probably the most harm in.
Anthony Joshua’s weight has been a subject of dialog all through his complete profession
AJ is ready to face Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch on Saturday after dropping his belts to the Ukrainian
Over a yr after he gained Olympic gold in his residence metropolis, Joshua made his skilled debut on the 02 Area towards undefeated Italian Emanuele Leo.
As he did with all of his opponents all through the primary two years of his profession, AJ knocked Leo out early on – sending him to the canvas earlier than the primary bell even rang.
So, what weight did Joshua tip the scales at earlier than moving into the ring? AJ got here in a tad over 16st 6lbs. The second lightest weight of his skilled profession to this point.
The Brit evidently carried a considerably smaller body than what we have turn into accustomed to in newer occasions. And though AJ was combating towards a lesser opposition, he got here flying out the blocks, attempting to find the knockout instantly.
It did not take the explosive heavyweight lengthy, as Leo was knocked to the bottom within the first spherical following a flurry of punches with the struggle instantly waved off after two minutes and 47 seconds.
AJ has reworked his physique since he claimed gold on the London Olympics
Again in 2013, AJ regarded lean in his conflict with Emanuele Leo of their heavyweight bout
Simply three weeks later, and Joshua was again for his third struggle – this time at York Corridor in London. He was up towards Croat Hrvoje Kisicek, and gained by way of technical knockout within the second spherical.
Nevertheless, this struggle holds explicit vital as Joshua weighed in at 16st 5lbs and he has not are available lighter since. However, how did he carry out towards Kisicek – who got here in at 15st 6lbs.
Joshua exhibited overpowering power, conditioning and pace towards the Croatian heavyweight. His vital top and attain benefit additionally helped him apply strain from the primary bell.
With a minute of the opening spherical remaining, a left hook to the physique rocked Kisicek who did effectively to outlive the next onslaught and return to his stool. However he was merely delaying the inevitable.
Joshua had his man on the canvas after a pointy left-right-left mixture and though the Croatian rose to his toes, the struggle was waved off after one other flurry of punches on the ropes.
Talking after the struggle, AJ stated: ‘I labored on a number of issues in there. He was cagey, awkward and sturdy. It is vital to work on issues within the gymnasium and take that to the ring. I will be in Manchester subsequent weekend performing once more and I have to be prepared for that.’
Joshua was at his leanest ever weight towards Hrvoje Kisicek in 2013 – coming in at 16st 5lbs
Joshua’s weight for the 2 fights talked about above was appropriate contemplating the calibre of opponents he was dealing with. Due to this fact, as Joshua’s stage of opposition elevated so did his weight.
Joshua, who grew to become a world champion after defeating Charles Martin, tipped the scales at his heaviest-ever weight forward of his showdown in Cardiff with Carlos Takam a yr later.
It was this struggle that AJ acquired probably the most criticism for his weight. He got here in at 18st 2lbs – whereas his opponent weighed-in 19lbs lighter. It additionally took AJ 10 rounds to defeat his opponent in comparison with his common three.
Followers thought AJ regarded too cumbersome and appeared sluggish within the ring. Nevertheless, there have been some advantages to Joshua’s new physique. His punch output was significantly increased than earlier than.
Joshua was taken into deep waters for the primary time towards Dillian Whyte again in 2015
Joshua was knocked down for the primary time in his profession towards the good Wladimir Klitschko
He was throwing 16 per cent over his common price between rounds 4 to seven. He additionally peaked in spherical six – registering a 25 per cent increased output than his earlier fights. That being stated, he did lose rounds seven and 9 – displaying a component of fatigue.
However, Joshua managed to take care of an improved punch price and persistently labored at a better work price than he had been used to.
This has proved to be one in all Joshua’s only types of combating. The occasions he has struggled contained in the ring have come when he has needed to cope with an enormous spike in work price.
This may be evidenced by his fights with Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko and Oleksandr Usyk.
Whyte weighed in for his struggle towards AJ at 17st 9lbs. He additionally averaged 70 punches per spherical in comparison with his common 56. Due to this fact, Joshua – who weighed in at 17st 7lbs – was thrown.
However he fought again and claimed a stoppage victory within the eleventh spherical in a blockbuster affair
Joshua threw a complete of 404 punches in the course of the struggle and solely landed 103. Whyte additionally dominated by way of jabs, lead hooks and rear hooks as Joshua struggled with the spike in work-rate.
Joshua additionally struggled within the fifth spherical throughout his heavyweight conflict with Wladimir Klitschko again in April 2017 – having weighed-in 10 lbs heavier than his Ukrainian opponent.
Joshua obtained the job carried out that night time however it was very contact and go for some time. He regarded drained and it comes as no shock. Forgive me for stating the apparent however… it is clearly extra tiring to throw punches, maintain your toes shifting and duck and pictures while you’re a hell of lots heavier.
Due to this fact a modern-day heavyweight wants to search out the proper steadiness in terms of measurement. They want to have the ability to generate energy but in addition keep agile and match sufficient to go the space.
So, after struggling along with his health ranges towards Klitschko in his earlier struggle, it was actually a shock when Joshua got here in heavier as soon as extra towards Carlos Takam.
Joshua recorded his heaviest ever weight for his knockout win towards Carlos Takam in 2017
In reality, it was – and nonetheless is – the heaviest Joshua had ever weighed at 18st 2lbs.
It was one other exhausting night time for Joshua, who suffered vital harm to his nostril early within the struggle after a headbutt from Takam.
Joshua knocked Takam down within the fourth spherical however he was unable to shut the present till the tenth, with the cussed Frenchman proving a handful all through.
Although simply 5 months later, Joshua had clearly made a drastic change in preparation for his bout towards Joseph Parker, the place he misplaced practically a stone.
His camp usually performed down the significance of Joshua’s weight, however there was a common acceptance on the time that he got here in too heavy towards Takam.
Joshua was shocked on his American debut as Andy Ruiz Jr claimed a shock stoppage win
A slimmed down Joshua dominated Ruiz and claimed a unanimous factors win within the rematch
Joshua promised he could be ‘a lot sharper’ forward of the struggle, with the then undefeated champion Parker recognized for his blistering hand and foot pace.
Certainly, Joshua was considerably faster on his toes and was nonetheless stuffed with vitality come the ultimate bell as he went the space for the primary time, claiming an unanimous factors victory and Parker’s WBO strap within the course of.
Joshua went toe-to-toe with Ruiz after beating Alexander Povetkin in ruthless vogue. Nevertheless, he weighed-in 5lbs heavier than towards Parker.
Joshua went on to lose the struggle (a shock to everybody together with the British heavyweight). He then returned to the ring to face Ruiz as soon as once more however as soon as once more dropped practically a stone with the rewards evident.
Joshua weighed in at 16st 13lbs – his lightest weigh-in since taking over Denis Bakhtov at 16st 12lbs all the way in which again in 2014 – and gained the struggle.
So, what is the verdict on Joshua’s weight achieve?
Joshua has placed on 24 lbs in 4 years since turning skilled. That’s greater than two stone. It could look like an alarming quantity however truly, it is trade commonplace.
His improve in weight replicates many former heavyweight champions. They usually common 24.8 lbs good points in physique mass once they step as much as the elite leagues.
Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis and the Klitschko brothers all placed on the identical quantity of mass from their debut weigh-in to profession peak physique mass.
What’s Joshua’s optimum weight?
Joshua must be seeking to weigh-in across the 17st 3lbs to 17st 6lbs. His monitor file has confirmed he’s only when 1-2 lbs lighter than his opponent. That’s when he achieves his quickest knockouts and earliest stoppages.
Looking forward to the struggle with Usyk, Joshua will have to be lean and cell to keep away from the Ukrainian’s jabs. He can even have to be gentle on his toes and agile to deliver the aggression he retains harping on about.
Due to this fact, I imagine Joshua must be tipping the scales at across the identical weight he did for the Joseph Parker conflict. He weighed in at 17st 4lb and dominated the struggle.
Joshua strolled to a unanimous factors victory over the beforehand undefeated Joseph Parker
AJ was match sufficient to go the space for the primary time in his profession. He was composed throughout every spherical and managed the struggle along with his jabs. He was additionally correct and stayed simply out of vary of his opponent.
Joshua’s weight gave him the health to execute physique feints earlier than land the pictures he needed early on within the struggle. Joshua was additionally aggressive and obtained Parker on the backfoot from the get-go.
Joshua additionally maintained his kind late on within the struggle regardless of coming in at a barely decrease weight that what he had been used to on the time.
He burst out of his nook within the tenth spherical and obtained Parker on the ropes. He then landed a giant left jab and a robust proper hook to stun Parker within the eleventh. Joshua then completed the struggle within the twelfth with a jab to the physique and a jab to the face.
What spherical will Joshua be most in danger?
From trying on the knowledge throughout Joshua’s skilled profession, it’s clear to see he’s most in danger in the course of the fifth and sixth rounds – simply take his conflict with Klitschko.
The Ukrainian boxer out-landed Joshua 24-21 in energy pictures and 32-13 in jabs in the course of the fifth and sixth rounds of their heavyweight showdown. Klitschko additionally dropped Joshua – who was the undefeated champion – in spherical six.
Joshua additionally suffered in the course of the fifth and sixth spherical towards Ruiz – resulting in the Mexican boxer dropping him twice within the seventh earlier than the struggle was stopped.
What pictures does Joshua have to be cautious of?
Joshua is very vulnerable to a jab. It is likely one of the key pictures that causes him actual issues contained in the ring. Simply take his conflict with Usyk for instance.
The Ukrainian boxer he unleashed a worrying jab early on within the second spherical and doubled it to arrange a cross physique shot. He went on to make his presence recognized within the third by touchdown a grueling jab to the physique.
Usyk continued his relentless method for the remainder of the struggle – touchdown 16.8 per cent of his jabs whereas AJ solely landed simply over 10 per cent at 12.2.
ANTHONY JOSHUA’S CAREER IN WEIGHTS
Emanuele Leo – 16st 6lb
Paul Butlin – 16st 8lb
Hrvoje Kisicek – 16st 5lb
Dorian Darch – 17st 3lb
Hector Alfredo Avila – 17st
Matt Legg – 16st 12lb
Matt Skelton – 17st 1lb
Konstantin Airich – 17st 2lb
Denis Bakhtov – 16st 12lb
Michael Sprott – 17st 2lb
Jason Gavern – 17st 7lb
Raphael Zumbano – 17st 10lb
Kevin Johnson – 17st 10lb
Gary Cornish – 17st 11lb
Dillian Whyte – 17st 7lb
Charles Martin – 17st 6lb
Dominic Breazeale – 17st 5lb
Eric Molina – 17st 11lb
Wladimir Klitschko – 17st 12lb
Carlos Takam – 18st 2lb
Joseph Parker – 17st 4lb
Alexander Povetkin – 17st 7lb
Andy Ruiz Jr – 17st 9lb
Andy Ruiz Jr – 16st 13lb