Rematch: Joshua three stone lighter than Andy Ruiz
Anthony Joshua weighed in at his lowest ever for a world title fight, and will be three stone lighter than Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Joshua made a statement ahead of Saturday bout by weighing in at 16st 13lbs, having displayed a slimline physique all week, while Ruiz Jr was heavier than before their first fight at 20st 3lbs.
Ruiz Jr has increased in weight by over a stone since beating Joshua in their first fight (he weighed in last time at 19st 2lbs) while Joshua has drastically reduced from 17st 9lbs.
Asked if he was surprised at the substantial difference in weight, Joshua told Sky Sport: “Not really, he’s a big lad. It’s a vast difference. The art of the game is to hit and not get hit.
“I will definitely be beating him to the punch.
“He’s a big lad, I’m a big lad, and we hit hard regardless.
“The physical stuff is done. It’s about the mental now. Aligning my body and my thoughts.
“I will be victorious.
“Within myself, I am confident. But I have to prove it to the world.
“I feel good. The weigh-in is important but, as heavyweights, it doesn’t matter because skills pay the bills.”