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Final weigh-in results for Joshua v. Ruiz

Will weight play a factor in Joshua’s United States debut? Does Katie Taylor look healthy enough to compete?

Madison Square Garden got a little taste of the entertainment that will be going down Saturday, June 1st as Anthony Joshua faces off against Andy Ruiz Jr. Choir’s singing ‘Sweet Caroline’, passionate fans and celebrities everywhere you turn, just another day for boxing.

As the weigh-ins took place inside MSG, you could feel the electricity in the air. Joshua (22-0) weighed in at 247.8 lbs, a few pounds heavier than his last fight this past September against Alexander Povetkin. Ruiz (32-1), a generally hefty heavyweight, weighed in at 268 lbs. That is heavier than his last bout in which he weighed 262 lbs. To go from April to now with a big weight difference seems like a piece of cake for Ruiz.

Other highlights from the weigh-ins include the undisputed women’s Lightweight Championship fight between Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon. Both fighters received a loud ovation from the Garden faithful, who knew history would be on the line. Taylor (13-0) weighed in at 134.6 lbs and looked extremely healthy. Her opponent looked comfortable as Persoon (43-1) weighed in at 130.6 pounds. With Katie’s speed, will the weight difference result in an expected outcome?

Full weigh-in results:

– Anthony Joshua (247.8) v. Andy Ruiz Jr. (268) – WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Titles 

– Callum Smith (167.6) v. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (166) – WBA World, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight Titles

– Katie Taylor (134.6) vs. Delfine Persoon (130.6) – IBF, WBC, WBO, WBA and Ring Magazine Women’s Lightweight World Titles

– Josh Kelly (146.4) vs. Ray Robinson (146) – WBA International Welterweight Title

– Joshua Buatsi (174) vs. Marco Antonio Periban (172) – WBA International Light-Heavyweight Title

– Chris Algieri (139.8) vs. Tommy Coyle (139.6) –WBO International Super-Lightweight Title

Tickets are still available for Joshua v. Ruiz, Taylor v. Persoon, among others. You can grab them now at Ticketmaster.comStubHub.com, MSG.com or the MSG box office.

Daniel Yanofsky

Daniel is a Managing Editor at DoubleGSports.com, and covers all things combat sports (MMA, Pro Wrestling and Boxing). He is also the lead New York Mets writer. When he's not writing, Daniel hosts a Sunday podcast, The Main Event.
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