We were promised a leaner Anthony Joshua the last time out and received the opposite but he’s definitely on target for his lightest weigh-in since 2016.

Plenty of focus has been put on Joshua’s weight ahead of his unification showdown with WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker next month, with trainer Robert McCracken setting ‘AJ’ a target ofΒ 17st 10lbs for the March 31 bout.

Having weighed in atΒ 18st 2lbs for his most recent defence against Carlos Takam and 17st 12lbs for his clash with Wladimir Klitschko last April, Joshua is eager to prioritise speed over size for his next outing.

Promoter Eddie Hearn visited Joshua on Thursday and provided fans with an update on his star fighter’s weight, revealing that the 28-year-old was coasting at 17st 6lbs fully clothed with just seven weeks to go until fight night.

Despite his unblemished professional record, some pundits have criticised Joshua’s bulky physique in recent months and claimed that his considerable size has a tendency to limit his motion in the ring.

With the sternest test of his career ahead of him, Joshua is leaving no stone unturned and is keen to be light on his feet when he takes to the canvas at the Principality Stadium.

As far back as the first press conference to promote Joshua vs. Parker, ‘AJ’ has hinted that he may come…

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