Anthony Joshua faces perhaps his toughest test to date when he welcomes Oleksandr Usyk to London tonight.
The unified heavyweight world champion will put his three belts on the line at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And, in the opposite corner, Usyk will bid to follow in the footsteps of Evander Holyfield and David Haye in becoming a cruiserweight and heavyweight ruler.
The Ukrainian swept aside all that was put in front of him at 200lb and has won both fights in the heavyweight division so far.
But tonight represents a different challenge altogether as Joshua looks to do his part to help secure an undisputed title fight with Tyson Fury.
The fights will be broadcast and streamed by Sky Sports Box Office but you can follow all the action right here with the main event ring walks set for 9.55pm…
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Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov- Round 6
Another round went by with both fighters struggling to create any major openings.
But Ousley continued to box well at close range, regularly attacking the body with whipping shots.
His opponent's eye continued to look marked as the short shots were punishing, but he was well in the fight.
A close round but Baysangurov remained competitive and it looks close.
Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov- Round 5
Ousley continued to try and take centre ring and force his opponent back with a double jab.
Baysangurov remained competitive, but needed to start considering an increase in workrate.
A well-timed short right hand landed flush on the Ukrainian as Ousley continued to throw neat combinations in another good round.
The atmosphere is building
Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov- Round 4
The fight continued at a similar pattern, with Baysangurov slightly marked around the eye at the opening stage.
Ousley started to look slightly fatigued, and walked into a neat combination during the round.
And the round remained competitive with Ousley arguably edging another round.
Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov- Round 3
Baysangurov started quicker this round, peppering his opponent with a left leading jab.
He seemed to be busier with Ousley looking to land around the sturdy guard.
And he seemed to fade at the end as Ousley continued to utilise his crisp jab.
Prodan and Marku are ready!
Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov- Round 2
Ousley is remaining the busier fighter at the start of the second.
A high tempo continues in the second, with Baysangurov trying to limit the angles from distance.
Several shots are thrown from Ousley who was switching well from body to head, and may have pipped the round with a higher output.
Underway! Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov- Round 1
We are underway here in our opening contest of the evening.
Ousley is out to impress AJ's 258MGT tonight, and starts fast looking to establish his snappy jab.
The American's orthodox style appears to win him the round, with Baysangurov starting to get the feelers out and was moving the better of the two men.
10 minutes to go!
We will get underway from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tonight with a cracking middleweight bout!
Christopher Ousley defends his undefeated record against Khasan Baysangurov with the WBA inter-continental title on the line.
Follow it all here as we get underway in ten minutes.
Whyte is in the house!
Loma ringside to support Usyk
Vasyl Lomachenko will be ringside to support his native compatriot Oleksandr Usyk tonight.
The Ukrainian pair have both been considered in the pound-for-pound top ten in recent years, and a win could properl Usyk back there tonight.
With high stakes for Usyk, the pair met earlier this week and warmly greeted each other as the preparations continue.
He may go against the grain in the packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tonight though…
Joshua’s six-month transformation
Anthony Joshua has weighed in at 240lbs for the clash with Oleksandr Usyk tonight.
And this is all thanks to an incredible 5,000 calorie diet, as his weight flucatuations continued during his career.
He weighed in at his career lightest against Andy Ruiz in his rematch victory, but is more comfortable at a lighter weight.
And he has revealed he has done this in order to compete in a "fight for the brain" against the slick and evasive Usyk.
Boxing "needs" AJ vs Usyk
Anthony Joshua believes that the sport "needs" his fight with Oleksandr Usyk.
The Briton was set to face domestic rival Tyson Fury, but was forced to take on a test against the Ukrainian.
But he now believes it is still a huge fight.
"You guys know we are here for a great fight Saturday. I hope you guys are happy with the opponent choice because boxing needs it," Joshua said.
"We've got other competitions in the entertainment business and boxing is a great sport that has great potential, but without great fights and great matchups, it will never be able to reach its potential."
Tonights view from the tunnel
Joshua vs Usyk odds
Here are today's betting odds for the huge heavyweight clash.
Joshua is marginal favourite, but several are tipping Usyk to cause an upset in London.
Joshua’s gameplan for the fight
Joshua has revealed his gameplan for tonight, or has he?
The heavyweight champion said he is going to pray and give it his best against Usyk.
He said: "There is no game plan. It's win, because you never know what's gonna happen when the first bell goes. My gameplan is to pray and just give it my best.
"That's the best gameplan any man can have is to visualize, pray, meditate on it and give your best. That's my gameplan."
It’s not all fun and games for Usyk
According to his team, Usyk switches from a smiling jokester to a cold-blooded knockout artist when fight night arrives.
The Ukrainian wore a suit identical to that of 'The Joker' to this week's press conference.
His manager told BBC 5 Live: "When he comes to the locker room then he's different, on the night of the fight.
"Then he is in his head. Even I ask everybody to leave him alone. There's no-one from outside in the locker room. That's when he starts to change into the fighter."
Will Joshua find that out tonight?
What time will they make the walk?
The ring walks for the main event betwee Joshua and Usyk are expected at 9.55pm UK time on Saturday night.
That means the fight itself will begin at around 10.15pm once the ring introductions have taken place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The undercard bouts will start at 6pm.
Find out how to watch the fight here…
Joshua’s retirement plan
Joshua said earlier this week his father advised him to call it quits once he beats the winner of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's trilogy.
But 'AJ' doesn't share the same point of view.
He said: "I spoke to my dad yesterday. He told me to get the undisputed championship and leave the game.
"I'm looking right now at dominating this Olympic cycle, four years of pure domination, it's like the amateurs I'm going around the world representing Great Britain.
Meanwhile on the undercard…
Lawrence Okolie defends his world cruiserweight title for the first time against Dilan Prasovic.
Callum Smith – who hasn't fought since losing to Canelo Alvarez – makes his light heavyweight debut against Lenin Castillo.
And Campbell Hatton looks for his fifth win as a pro, taking on late replacement Sonni Martinez.
The fight purses
So how much money will each man make?
Joshua will earn a massive £15 million tonight, whilst Usyk will take home a respectable £5m.
It's not quite the £100m Joshua would have earned for a undisputed fight with Tyson Fury, but it will do…
Usyk on Klitschko
Usyk credited Wladimir Klitschko for helping him during his career, stating the former heavyweight champion prepared him to "defend" from heavyweight punches.
"Of course [he helped]. He was fighting for 11 years and there was a lot to learn from him.
"I was in his camp too, so there was lots of things to learn.
Usyk sends English fans a message
Usyk is clearly excited to fight in Tottenham Hotspur's state of the art facility.
Such a funny guy without trying https://t.co/TJBp9aixmN
What the scales said
Joshua weighed in yesterday at 240 pounds – the same weight as his win over Pulev last Decemeber.
Usyk weighed in at 221 pounds – a career-high for the former cruiserweight king.
Will the size difference play a factor?
All smiles from the two
Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk getting a selfie together after their weigh-in… pic.twitter.com/heuuOodJ1Q
Joshua last fought in December 2020, silencing Kubrat Pulev with a ninth-round knockout.
Usyk improved to 18-0 last October, outpointing veteran Derek Chisora over twelve rounds.
Fight night trim for Joshua
Fight night fresh pic.twitter.com/BcItRiCg4H
CHRIS OUSLEY v KHASAN BAYSANGUROV
MAXIM PRODAN v FLORIAN MARKU
CALLUM SMITH v LENIN CASTILLO
CAMPBELL HATTON v IZAN DURA
LAWRENCE OKOLIE v DILAN PRASOVIC
ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK
Hello and welcome to Mirror Fighting's coverage of the huge heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua will put his three world titles on the line against the former cruiserweight champion at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London.
The Briton was, of course, expected to face fellow world champion Tyson Fury but their deal fell apart when Fury was instead ordered to face Deontay Wilder.
Instead, Joshua must overcome tricky southpaw Usyk who brings a perfect record to the table.
Stay tuned, fireworks are guaranteed…!
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