Audley Harrison weighed in at 16st 12lb 4oz – the lightest of his professional career – for Saturday night’s clash with American knockout specialist Deontay Wilder in Sheffield.
Wilder is 27, has won all of his 27 fights by knockout, and is regarded as one of the best emerging heavyweights. His official weight was given as 16st 8oz.
“Deontay could be a great, but not yet – not now,” a smiling Harrison said as the pair squared up.
Wembley’s Harrison, 41, much criticised since winning Olympic gold in 2000, suffered a brutal first-round knockout against David Price last year.
But he decided not to retire and he impressed while recently winning the popular Prizefighter tournament for the second time.
A victory against Wilder at the Motorpoint Arena would propel Harrison back into the frame for another world title shot.
But he will be a massive underdog against a man who has taken out 13 of his last 14 victims within the first three rounds.
The showdown is the chief support to Amir Khan’s light-welterweight fight with Julio Diaz of Mexico.