Ruiz: I Wanted To Be Heavier This Time

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. caused quite the stir at the weigh-in for his rematch with Anthony Joshua when he tipped the scales at 283.5 pounds.

That number is 15.5 pounds more than what he weighed in at for their original June 1 encounter, which saw Ruiz come off the canvas to drop Joshua four times en route to winning the belts and handing Joshua his first pro defeat. Joshua, conversely, weighed in at 237.8 pounds, about 10 pounds lighter than what he weighed in at in their first meeting.

It was also noted that Ruiz took to the scale fully clothed and wearing a sombrero. Ruiz said he had already eaten and drank water prior to the weigh-in, as he thought it was going to be six or seven hours earlier in the day.

But Ruiz thinks the story of his weight is being blown out of proportion. In fact, Ruiz thinks he will be able to use the extra poundage in his favor.

“Before the weigh-in, I already ate and I already drank so much water,” Ruiz said. “And, you know, I weighed in with all my clothes and a sombrero. But if I would’ve weighed in at the time they told me, I would’ve been the same weight as I weighed [for] June 1st.

But we’re still strong and we’re ready. I actually wanted to come in a little bit heavier this time, just to be strong, to feel good and to have that extra pop in me.

“I would’ve been at like 267, 268 for [this] fight if I would’ve weighed in when I thought I was gonna weigh-in, and without eating all the food that I wanted to eat. I probably even would’ve weighed in a little lighter [than 268 pounds]. But you know, it doesn’t really matter how much I weighed because we know what the game plan is and what [weight] we were really gonna weigh in. I’m still fast, I’m still strong and I wanted to be a little bit more than I was for our first fight, so I could be a little stronger.”

In fact, Ruiz is hoping that Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, are thrown off by the scale reading that they get surprised again on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.

“Eddie Hearn was kind of surprised,” Ruiz said. “He was like, ‘Wow!’ But that’s actually kind of good that they’re thinking about how much I really weigh. Because everybody was saying [before Friday] I looked skinnier, I looked leaner and I looked stronger.

“But we want them to think too much [about my weight]. As long as we stick to the game plan, we know what we’ve gotta do. You know, the speed is there, the power’s there and now we just have to execute the game plan.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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