Monster Anthony Joshua weighs ten pounds more than first world title fight, career highest 254lbs

Anthony Joshua weighed in at a mighty 254 pounds (just over 18 stone) on Friday ahead of his forthcoming world title defence against mandatory challenger Carlos Takam.

The 28 year-old three-belt heavyweight king scaled four pounds higher than for his April clash with Wladimir Klitschko and a full ten more than when he took the IBF strap from Charles Martin twelve months prior.

Opponent and already massive underdog Takam, 34, faces a daunting dask after coming in at a paltry 235 and one half pounds for his trouble.

Joshua and Takam collide at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in front of a capacity crowd of over 75,000 as the Briton bids to secure a win before moving on to a unification clash in 2018.

The champion, who went past the 10th round for the first time with a sensational knockout of Wladimir Klitschko on April 29, promised conditioning wasn’t an issue.

“I’ve been doing a lot more running. Maybe I’m starting to fill out as I get older and I’m starting to find my natural weight,” Joshua said. “Who knows what it is. I definitely feel a lot fitter than I have in previous fights.”

The referee for Saturday’s contest is Phil Edwards and the judges scoring ringside are Michael Alexander (England), Pawel Kardyni (Poland) and Ron McNair (New York).

If Joshua’s previous 19 bouts are any indication, the judges might not be necessary.

“I’m not going to say I’m going to knock him out and smash him up and all these types of things,” said Joshua, who has knocked out all of his professional opponents en route to unifying the heavyweight division. “But that’s what I have to do.”