By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – Anthony Joshua was his usual sculpted self as he stepped on the scale Friday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
The 6-feet-6 Joshua, of Watford, England, weighed in at 247½ pounds for his fight Saturday night against Andy Ruiz Jr. The 6-feet-2 Ruiz was 268 pounds when he got on the NYSAC’s scale.
Ruiz came in six pounds heavier than the 262 pounds he weighed for his last fight, just six weeks ago. In that bout, Ruiz, of Imperial, California, stopped Russia’s Alexander Dimitrenko (41-5, 26 KOs) following five one-sided rounds April 20 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
The 29-year-old Ruiz (32-1, 21 KOs) accepted the Joshua fight on only five full weeks’ notice. Joshua, also 29, was supposed to defend his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles against brash Brooklyn contender Jarrell Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs), but Miller tested positive for three performance-enhancing drugs and was removed from the fight.
Ruiz happily accepted his second heavyweight title shot once Luis Ortiz turned down what would’ve been a career-high $7 million purse to fight Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), who’ll make his debut in the United States on Saturday night.
Joshua-Ruiz will headline a nine-bout card DAZN will stream live, starting at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT.
Below are weigh-in results Friday for several of the fights on the Joshua-Ruiz undercard:
Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KOs), Liverpool, England, 167½ pounds vs. Hassan N’Dam (37-3, 21 KOs), Monte Carlo, 166 pounds, 12 rounds for Smith’s WBA super middleweight title.
Katie Taylor (13-0, 6 KOs), Bray, Ireland, 134½ pounds vs. Delfine Persoon (34-1, 18 KOs), Roeselare, Belgium, 130½ pounds, 10 rounds for Taylor’s IBF, WBA and WBO and Persoon’s WBC women’s lightweight titles.
Josh Kelly (9-0, 6 KOs), Sunderland, England, 146¼ pounds vs. Ray Robinson (24-3-1, 12 KOs), Philadelphia, 146 pounds, 10 rounds for Kelly’s WBA international welterweight title.
Joshua Buatsi (10-0, 8 KOs), London, England, 174 pounds vs. Marco Antonio Periban (25-4-1, 16 KOs), Mexico City, Mexico, 172 pounds, 10 rounds, for Buatsi’s WBA international light heavyweight title.
Chris Algieri (23-3, 8 KOs), Huntington, New York, 139½ pounds vs. Tommy Coyle (25-4, 12 KOs), Hull, England, 139½ pounds, 12 rounds, for Algieri’s WBO international junior welterweight title.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.