ANTHONY JOSHUA hit the scales 20-and-a-half pounds lighter than Andy Ruiz Jr ahead of tomorrow’s clash for the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles. A lot had been said about the portly challenger’s physique in the build-up and he surprised many by coming in at a fleshier than expected 268lbs, his heaviest weight since 2014.
Joshua, as he has all week, looked like the picture of calm as he took to the scales and was in typically immaculate shape at 247.8lbs. For context, he weighed 245.7lbs against Alexander Povetkin in September last year, 242lbs for Joseph Parker in March. His heaviest came in 2017 when he scaled 254lbs against Carlos Takam.
“Andy Ruiz is a fighting man and good luck to him, his team and his family,” said Joshua, somewhat ominously.