By Mike Parrott
Andy Ruiz Jr has revealed why he came in over one stone heavier for his rematch against Anthony Joshua this weekend.
With AJ losing just over ten pounds, all eyes were on Ruiz Jr at the weigh-in and his 15lbs gain since their last fight back in June.
A slimline Joshua came in at just 16st 13lbs, over three stone lighter than Ruiz Jr at 20st 3lbs.
This was going to be the heaviest Ruiz will have been going in for a fight since his debut ten years ago when he weighed 292lbs.
Ahead of his rematch with Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz turns up to the weigh-in wearing a sombrero, and weighing over a stone more than the last fight.
What a man. pic.twitter.com/kAACT0gu6w
- Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 6, 2019
However, Ruiz has told DAZN that the weight gain is in-fact fake and that the added weight was due to him already have eaten three meals that day.
"I was already the same weight as the last fight this morning," Ruiz explained. "I had to wait until almost 5pm to get on the scale, so I already had my breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also weighed in with my sombrero and pants on, so that's why I came in so heavy."
"It was a psychological thing as well."
I fear Anthony Joshua will be drawn into a slugfest and lose to Andy Ruiz Jr again @ClonesCyclonehttps://t.co/h8szbHcHpg pic.twitter.com/eg2NW2ON8B
- Mirror Fighting (@MirrorFighting) December 6, 2019
Ruiz suggested that he wanted to keep the Joshua camp guessing when it came to his weight and feels that he was successful in doing so with Friday's weigh-in.
The challenger, Anthony Joshua, has actually dropped weight ready for the fight, coming in ten pounds lighter than last June. Ruiz believes though this could've hindered the Brit in terms of punching power.
No fear in my heart. No fear in my eyes. No fear in my mind :punch: pic.twitter.com/oZKOsUvxto
- Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) December 6, 2019
"It could be good or not," he said. "We don't know if he's still going to have that same pop in his punches. It could be a disadvantage, which is why I decided to come in a little heavier in this fight. I can move him around, be a little bit stronger and have more pop in my punches."
Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr are set for their rematch, dubbed Clash on the Dunes for Saturday, December 7, with ring-walks set for around 8:45pm GMT.
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