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Anthony Joshua weighs in 20lbs LIGHTER than Francis Ngannou ahead of Friday's 'Knockout Chaos' showpiece in Riyadh

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Anthony Joshua has weighed in 20lbs lighter than Francis Ngannou ahead of Friday’s ‘Knockout Chaos’ showpiece in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua, who weighed in at 251lbs ahead of his victory over Otto Wallin in December, will take to the canvas as the favourite over Ngannou, despite the world’s hardest puncher impressing during his controversial split decision defeat by Tyson Fury.

AJ has put on just over a pound since defeating Wallin, registering 252.4lbs on the scales on Thursday. Ngannou, meanwhile, has practically maintained weight at 272.6lbs, having been 272lbs ahead of his showdown with the Gypsy King in Saudi Arabia in October.

Meanwhile, Zhilei Zhang (291.6lbs) weighed in over three stone heavier than Joseph Parker (247.6lbs), with the undercard pair taking to the scales moments before the main event weigh-in.

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Anthony Joshua has weighed in 20lbs lighter than Francis Ngannou ahead of Friday's fight

Anthony Joshua has weighed in 20lbs lighter than Francis Ngannou ahead of Friday’s fight

Meanwhile, Ngannou tipped the scales at 272.6lbs

Meanwhile, Ngannou tipped the scales at 272.6lbs

Undercard Zhilei Zhang (left) weighed in over three stone heavier than Joseph Parker (right)

Undercard Zhilei Zhang (left) weighed in over three stone heavier than Joseph Parker (right)

Pacquiao poses prior to the 'Knockout Chaos' weigh-in

Benn was another star in attendance as the boxing world geared up for Friday's eagerly-anticipated showdown

Manny Pacquiao (left) and Conor Benn (right) pictured at the weigh-in in Riyadh on Thursday