Joshua vs Ruiz Jr: Anthony Joshua lighter and trimmer than Andy Ruiz Jr at weigh-in
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 01/06/19 10:01am
Anthony Joshua was a stone-and-a-half lighter than his challenger Andy Ruiz Jr at the weigh-in before their world heavyweight title fight.
The IBF, WBA and WBO champion was in sensational shape, weighing 247lbs (17st 9lbs) while Ruiz Jr was heavier at 268lbs (19st 2lbs).
Asked for a prediction for UK fans staying up late to watch his US debut, Joshua promised: "I won't keep you up too long!"
This will be the first time that Joshua weighed in lighter than an opponent in five fights, since he faced Dominic Breazeale in 2016.
But he said: "Your weight, your training camp? Put that aside. It's all about getting in the ring and doing the job."
Asked what he told Ruiz Jr went they went face to face for the final time before the first bell rings, Joshua replied: "Bring a good fight, please."
Joshua's weight was just a pound heavier than before his last fight against Alexander Povetkin, and notably beneath his career-heaviest of 18st 2lbs.
Asked for his prediction, Ruiz Jr said: "An exciting fight. I'm not here to give up, or just for the payday. I'm here for legacy."
The world heavyweight title rivals were welcomed to the stage in New York on Friday night by Nigerian and Mexican bands, representing their respective heritage, and engaged in a respectful face-off.
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