By Connor Andrews
Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker have both weighed-in at their career heaviest for their hotly-anticipated heavyweight bout.
New Zealander Parker came in at 255.35lbs while Joyce hit 271.4lbs ahead of his home fight in front of a UK audience.
The two will collide at the AO Arena in Manchester on September 24, with the clash live on talkSPORT.
Joyce is ranked as the world’s no.1 heavyweight challenger by the WBO with Parker just behind, and the undefeated 14-0 Brit was in a confident mood.
“I’m ready to go, ready to fight, this is the last night’s sleep and then I wake up and it’s fight day,” he said at weigh-in.
“I’m just going to stick with my guns and say seven or eight [round knockout].”
Parker, who at 30 is seven years Joyce’s junior, has tacked on the pounds after back-to-back wins over Derek Chisora in 2021.
Explaining the decision, he said: “I think similar to my last fight, I was quite heavy for the second Chisora fight but I think this is a career high for me.
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“With the last performance with Chisora I felt good, heavy, and I felt stronger and still had the stamina to go 12 rounds.
“This time I’ve done things better and I’m still heavy so I’m looking forward to getting in the ring.
“A lot of talks been done now, a lot of things you say before the fight but you can’t wait to get in there and take care of business.”
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