By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (11-0, 11 KOs) weighed in at a career high weight of 248 pounds for his weight-in on Friday for his eight round fight on Saturday night against journeyman Raphael Zumbano Love (36-10-1, 29 KOs) in their fight at the Barclaycard Arena in , Birmingham, United Kingdom. Zumbano/Love weighed in at 236.
Joshua weighed in recently at 245 for his fight against Jason Gavern, and he looked over-muscled in my view. But by going up even heavier in weight, Joshua seems to going overboard in gaining muscle weight. He started his pro career in late 2013 at 220, which actually was a good weight for him.
Joshua was able to move around the ring without looking slow and over-muscled, but since then, he’s put on 28 pounds in roughly a year and a half. That’s quite bit of weight to put on in less than two years. As far as the effectiveness goes, I think Joshua hasn’t improved in putting all that weight on, but that’s on him though.
What I’m interested in seeing is how much longer he’ll keep putting the weight on. When a guy keeps putting weight on like Joshua has been doing it sometimes just keeps going on and on. Lennox Lewis put on a lot of weight after he turned pro, but he was slow in doing so. He didn’t slap on 30 pounds in less than two years like we’re seeing with Joshua.
Also on Saturday’s card is middleweight Matthew Macklin facing someone named Sandor Micsko. I never heard of the guy, and that obviously means that Macklin will win. Macklin wants to turn his sinking career around, and he’s got the opponent to do so. But for him to really turn his career around he’s going to need to prove that he can beat the top level opposition.
Macklin has had countless opportunities to fight at the higher levels, and he’s failed each time. He doesn’t have the chin or the talent in my view to go anywhere at middleweight. If he could move back down to 154, he might be able to extend his career, but I doubt he can make that weight.
Welterweight Sam Eggington will be fighting Joseph Lamptey. Luke Campbell will be battling little known Aboubeker Bechelaghem.