Undefeated WBA/IBF/WBO World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Andy Ruiz Jr. both made weight Friday afternoon ahead of their showdown Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
The two couldn’t have looked an different.
UK’s Joshua, standing a menacing 6-foot-7, came in at a chiseled 247.5-pounds. Ruiz Jr., six inches shorter, weighed in a roomy 268-pounds, six pounds heavier than he was last April, when he stopped Alexander Dimentrenko in six, and his highest weight since 2014.
Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) will be making his U.S. debut. Undefeated American Jarrell Miller was his original opponent. But Miller failed multiple tests for PEDs, forcing Joshua to find a replacement. Enter Ruiz Jr (32-1, 21 KOs), a plump heavyweight with fast hands and solid skills.
Joshua-Ruiz will be televised on DAZN in the US, and on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.