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Live Reporting

Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks and goodbye

    That's all for today. On Saturday our live page will begin at 20:00 BST with commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live at 22:00 BST.

    Hope you can join us all then. Can't wait.

  2. Post update

    A reminder, we're set to go at 22:00 BST on Saturday night. Make sure you don't miss it.

    Joshua and Usyk
  3. Post update

    The two have gone face-to-face, but there's no bad antics, no shoving. A respectful hand shake between them.

    It's such a good fight, no fake bad blood is needed for this one. Both treating each other with the respect they've both earned.

    Joshua and Usyk
  4. 'I'm not an easy fight for anyone'

    Joshua: "I work hard to make sure boxing is really respected and I pay them back by putting in a lot of work in the gym.

    "I'm not an easy fight for anyone, I like fighting. God has blessed me, shown me the path to get into boxing. I'm here, blessed, happy and don't take it for granted.

    "This is my passion. I appreciate you guys [the media and fans]."

  5. 'If I was fighting King Kong, I'd give it a go'

    More from Joshua: "I wasn't on the amateur scene long enough to know much about Oleksandr but when I turned professional I did a lot of research and I love the Ukrainian style and the Ukrainian people.

    "He was fighting 10 or 12 years as an amateur before he went to the Olympics, and worlds so he is probably happy to be in this position - the cream always rises to the top.

    "I love throwback fighters. I do watch a lot of boxing and I don't fight good people just to get respect.

    "If you tell me I was fighting King Kong I would give it a go. This is my job. I'm going to work. It's the best days of my life."

  6. 'Looking forward to performing"

    On to Anthony Joshua. He says: "Happy to be back again, you have to want to train and put the work in and improve and practice. When I started boxing it was fun, I'm still getting better and I like the challenges.

    "This fight gives me the motivation to practice. I want to give more and more each day. I'm still in camp now, this is just another day in camp. On Monday or Tuesday I'll be back in the gym and I'm looking forward to performing."

  7. 'Another step in history'

    Now it's Oleksandr Usyk's time to talk. And, through a translator, he says: "I can do a lot more.

    "I feel fine and I look forward to this. I want to thank the team and Eddie Hearn and I'm grateful this is happening on Saturday.

    "Every fight makes history and I think me and Anthony will make another step in history, something that people will be talking about, remember and will be watching on television."

  8. 'Anthony will fight anyone who is available'

    Rob McCracken, Joshua's trainer, says: "This is as good as it gets in heavyweight boxing. It's a fight that should happen.

    "Anthony will fight anyone who is available, it's an absolutely brilliant fight for the world of boxing.

    "Anthony is in great spirits."

  9. Post update

    Don't think Tyson Fury will agree with Krassyuk's statements there.

  10. 'AJ's biggest challenge'

    "AJ you have the heart of a warrior. This is his biggest challenge in boxing," says Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk.

    "Every ambitious fighter is chasing for glory and there's only one way to get that - to fight the best fighter and AJ is the best. He is the best in the division."

  11. Post update

    "By far the best resume in heavyweight boxing," says Hearn of Joshua's recent fights.

  12. Post update

    We're expecting 67,000 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, it will be the biggest crowd Joshua has fought in front of since he defeated Alexander Povetkin at Wembley three years ago.

  13. 'A night we will never forget'

    Eddie Hearn's not one to undersell a fight.

    "It's the fight of the year. We're in for a night we will never forget," he says in standard under-stated fashion.

  14. Post update

    And here we go. Anthony Joshua to the right of promoter Eddie Hearn, Oleksandr Usyk, in that red suit, to the left of him.

  15. Post update

    ...and Usyk has gone for the red suit, orange waistcoast, spotted orange tie today.

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  16. Post update

    Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk

    Usyk turned up on Monday in London wearing a shocking turquoise tracksuit...

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  17. In with the belt. Out with the belt?

    Lawrence Okolie v Dilan Prasovic

    Lawrence Okolie has the WBO cruiserweight world title belt over his shoulder on Thursday, but will he still have it come Thursday night?

    Someone in the crowd at the news conference doesn't think so.

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