Anthony Joshua enters Andy Ruiz fight at his perfect weight of 17st 9lbs as he makes US debut

ANTHONY JOSHUA tipped the scales at his perfect weight of 17st 9lbs for his Saturday night showdown with chunky challenger Andy Ruiz Jr.

Sung onto the stage by a booming gospel choir and rippling with muscles, AJ looked in sensational shape ahead of his defence of his WBA, IBF and WBO belts.

And, still wearing trainers and trousers, which would have added a few pounds, he registered his ideal weight.

The Watford ace said: “I am just in good shape, I have not really been worried about the weight. I probably weighed around 112kgs and I feel really good.

“I was around 116kgs for the Wladimir Klitschko and that was maybe a little too heavy. For Alexander Povetkin I was around the same and for Joseph Parker I was 112kgs.”

AJ believes the few pounds he has shed will help him be extra nimble for the fast hands of the 29-year-old Mexican challenger.

Ruiz insists he will be the first professional fighter to be able to duck and dodge past Joshua’s guard and beat him.

But Joshua said: “I am more about fluidity now, if he slips one punch I have to be able to come back with another and you cannot do that if you’re stiff.

“It’s really hard to hit a three-punch combo if you’re stiff so I am loosening up my shoulders and my back so I can land combinations.”

Ruiz was supported by a five-piece Mexican Mariachi band and looked every inch of his 19st 2lbs as travelling British fans sang “you fat b******” and booed his entrance.

Ruiz said: "I thank God for the opportunity, this will be an exciting fight.

"I am going to give it everything I have. I am going to carry the weight well and hit harder. We are f****** ready."

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