Boxing: Joshua lightens the load as Ruiz Jr piles on the kilos

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(Information) – Lean-looking British challenger Anthony Joshua weighed in additional than three stones lighter than world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr forward of their title rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr & Anthony Joshua Weigh-In – Al Faisaliah Resort, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia – December 6, 2019 Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua go face to face through the weigh-in Motion Photographs through Information/Andrew Couldridge

Joshua hit the scales at 16 stones and 13 kilos (107.5kg), the previous champion’s lightest ever weight for a world title combat, on the Diriyah venue close to the capital Riyadh on Friday.

Mexican-American Ruiz, carrying a sombrero and stepping up after Joshua, was 20 stones and three kilos (128.3kg) — heavier than he was within the first showdown between the 2 at New York’s Madison Sq. Backyard in June.

The pair then shared a handshake of their closing head to head assembly earlier than the combat.

Ruiz clambered into the ring at 19 stone and two kilos final time, when he got here in at quick discover and dethroned the beforehand undefeated Joshua with a seventh spherical stoppage in certainly one of boxing’s greatest upsets.

Joshua was 17 stone 9 kilos for that New York combat which has left him dealing with a make-or-break bout to reclaim the belts and preserve the dream of a unified title regardless of initially dismissing all of it as a “minor setback”.

Saturday’s WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title rematch has been billed the ‘Conflict on the Dunes’ by promoters keen to simply accept the extremely profitable if additionally controversial Saudi invitation.

The WBC title is held by American Deontay Wilder, who is because of combat a rematch with Britain’s undefeated Tyson Fury in February after a draw between them in December 2018.

“I really feel good. The weigh-in is necessary however as heavyweights it don’t actually matter… abilities pay the payments,” Joshua informed Sky Sport tv.

“He’s an enormous lad, they need to make a super-heavyweight division,” added Joshua of Ruiz, who can be hoping to make use of his weight as a weapon in opposition to the extra athletic and chiselled challenger.

“The artwork of the sport is to hit and never get hit, and keep away from these punches… I’ll positively be beating him to the punch tomorrow night time.”

Ruiz, who had talked within the run-up about reducing weight however has been hungry for extra than simply success on Friday’s proof, has prompt Joshua may remorse shedding the kilos when the going will get powerful.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Modifying by Toby Chopra and Christian Radnedge