Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will have their final stare down before their title fight when they come face-to-face at Friday’s weigh-in.
Despite his massive underdog status, Ruiz Jr stunned the boxing world by putting Joshua down four times before the referee stopped the fight at the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden.
Now AJ will face a career-defining rematch against the Mexican-American as he looks to return to the top of his sport.
The pair will make their ring walks at around 8.30pm on Saturday evening before the first bell goes at the 15,000-seat Diriyah Arena.
Prior to that, both will undergo their final preparations, press duties and, of course, the traditional weigh-ins.
Joshua and Ruiz Jr: The weigh-in
The weigh-ins are set to take place at the newly-built Diriyah Arena on Friday, December 6 and will get under way at 1pm UK time. That’s 4pm in Saudi Arabia.
Ahead of their first fight at Madison Square Garden, Ruiz Jr weighed in at 19st 2lbs while Joshua was a stone-and-a-half lighter at 17st 9lbs.
Both boxers have trimmed down for the upcoming rematch and much has been made of their choice of tactics in doing so.
Ruiz Jr said: “I saw videos where he looked slimmer. I don’t know if that’s an advantage or a disadvantage.
“I don’t know if he will take the punches as well as he did when he weighed more.”
Joshua replied: “It’s interesting that the weight is spoken about a lot.
“You don’t make weight, as a heavyweight, then focus on training. You focus on training, feel good at whatever weight, then work around that. I have focused on my boxing aspect.
“Provided I’m feeling good, the weight will be whatever it is.
“I don’t have a target which means I’m ready. I’ve got to perform in a certain way in the gym then when the boxes have been ticked, the weight will be whatever the weight will be.”
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