By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – Anthony Joshua was his usual sculpting when he climbed the ladder on Friday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
Joshua, 6 feet 6 feet, from Watford, England, weighed 247½ pounds for his Saturday night fight against Andy Ruiz Jr. Ruiz's 6 feet and 2 had 268 pounds when he hit the NYSAC scale.
Ruiz arrived with six pounds more than the 262 pounds he weighed in his last fight, only six weeks ago. In that fight, Ruiz, of Imperial, Calif., Stopped Alexander Dimitrenko (41-5, 26 KOs) of Russia after five one-sided rounds on April 20 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
The 29-year-old Ruiz (32-1, 21 KOs) accepted the Joshua fight with only five weeks in advance. Joshua, also 29, was supposed to defend his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles against contender Jarrell Miller of Brooklyn (23-0-1, 20 KOs), but Miller tested positive for three performance-enhancing drugs. and he was removed from the fight.
Ruiz happily accepted his second shot at the heavyweight title once Luis Ortiz rejected what would have been a $ 7 million prize to fight Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), who will debut in the United States. Saturday night. .
Joshua-Ruiz will head a nine-fight card that DAZN will broadcast live, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET / 2: 30 p.m. PT
Below are the results of the weigh-in on Friday for several of the fights on the Joshua-Ruiz card:
Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KOs), Liverpool, England, 167½ pounds against Hbadan N'Dam (37-3, 21 KOs), Monte Carlo, 166 pounds, 12 rounds for the WBA super middleweight title at Smith.
Katie Taylor (13-0, 6 KOs), Bray, Ireland, 134½ pounds against Delfine Persoon (34-1, 18 KOs), Roeselare, Belgium, 130½ pounds, 10 rounds for the Taylor FIB, WBA and WBO and WBC Persoon Light titles.
Josh Kelly (9-0, 6 KOs), Sunderland, England, 146¼ pounds against Ray Robinson (24-3-1, 12 KOs), Philadelphia, 146 pounds, 10 rounds for the WBA international welterweight title of Kelly .
Joshua Buatsi (10-0, 8 KOs), London, England, 174 pounds against Marco Antonio Periban (25-4-1, 16 KOs), Mexico City, Mexico, 172 pounds, 10 rounds, for the international light heavyweight The WBA of Buatsi title.
Chris Algieri (23-3, 8 KOs), Huntington, New York, 139½ pounds against Tommy Coyle (25-4, 12 KOs), Hull, England, 139½ pounds, 12 rounds, for the junior international junior welterweight title the WBO of Algieri.
Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. You can be contacted on Twitter @Idecboxing.