Anthony Joshua looks to have slimmed down ahead of his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
The British heavyweight star lost his three world titles to the chubby underdog in June in one of sport’s biggest-ever shocks.
Joshua instantly triggered the rematch clause in his contract and will bid to wrestle back his belts in Saudi Arabia on December 7.
The 2012 Olympic champion has kept himself to himself during his training camp and given little away ahead of the biggest fight of his career.
But these pictures suggest Joshua will weigh considerably less than the 247.5lb he scaled before his first fight with Ruiz.
That was the heaviest he had been since he fought Carlos Takam in Cardiff in 2018.
Should that be Joshua’s plan, however, Ruiz believes his rival is making a mistake.
“He looks a little slimmer, but I don’t think that’s going to do any different,” he said recently.
“You can do whatever you want outside of the ring, but inside of the ring when it’s fight time, like Mike Tyson said, everyone has a plan until you get hit.
“He’s going to try and win by points, especially since he’s going to be running around. My job is to cut the ring, and that’s exactly what we’ve been training for.
“I don’t really worry about what he’s doing, we have to worry about what we’re doing.
“He has tyo train hard,; I feel that he has more pressure than I do. I just have to do what I have to do, and just let my hands go and focus.
“He even said at one of the press conferences, he said that he was gonna be boxing around. He kind of told me his strategy, but whatever he does we’re gonna do the best we can to do our thing.
“I think the main thing I’ve got to do is just let my hands go and throw my combinations.”
Ruiz was criticised for his own appearance before taking on Joshua but defied the critics to drop the Brit four times before stopping him in the seventh round.
But the Mexican-American intends to drop some weight before the sequel.
“I kind of wanted to be a little heavier because Anthony Joshua’s big,” he added. “I wanted to carry his weight, take the punches well but I think being 10lbs lighter, I’m going to be a better fighter.”