Former Anthony Joshua training partner, Hosea Stewart, makes his professional boxing debut tonight at York Hall.
The Wolverhampton heavyweight, who weighs a mammoth 345lbs, takes on Estonian Mait Metsis who is only competing in his second professional fight himself.
Stewart tipped the scales at the weigh-in at 24 stone and 9lbs for his four-round contest and it will be interesting to see how his conditioning holds up given the sheer mass he’s carrying.
His Estonian opponent weighs 229lbs giving him an advantage of 116lbs advantage, which is just over eight stone.
Stewart has been under the tutelage of Joby Cayton for almost five years now and the Wolverhampton-based coach was added to Joshua’s coaching team ahead of his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in late 2019.
For his showdown with Kubrat Pulev a year later, Joshua invited the gargantuan amatuer into his camp to prepare for the Bulgarian after speaking to Clayton about him.
“It was eye-opening because I thought I was under the radar until the world heavyweight champion messaged me!
“I thought: ‘wow, this is serious now’,” he told Sky Sports.
“I believe in my abilities but going to work with the two-time world champion? To hear him praise me? It’s a big eye-opener. He spoke very highly to me,” Stewart said.
AJ ended up knocking out Pulev as he defended his world titles at the time, but Stewart said the camp beforehand was far from easy.
“AJ is very imposing,” he said. “But as an up and coming heavyweight, it is good to test myself.
“Can I match him for speed? Can I match him for movement? Can I have a wrestle with him to test my strength?
“He would catch me with shots but I thought: ‘I won’t get caught by that shot again’.”
Joshua made Stewart trim to a certain weight before allowing him to come in and be a part of his camp. He made the grade and is now looking to carry those same habits and discipline forward in his professional career.
Clayton believes Joshua sees something in the 23-year-old.
“Fair play to AJ who saw and recognised the potential of Hosea,” he said. “He wanted Hosea to experience what camp life is all about.
“He gives so much time and advice to Hosea. He passionately believes in Hosea’s potential.”
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— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) November 3, 2020
Stewart would love to link up with Joshua again and if the fight with Tyson Fury ever gets made again, Stewart believes he’d be the perfect help.
“My style is all about movement too,” he says. “It’s all about my jab and my head movement.
“The faster, the more nimble I am, that’s the perfect prep for AJ.”