With his body again looking as if it could have been sculpted by Phidias, Anthony Joshua weighed in at his lightest since 2014 for Saturday night’s WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. But while a slimline Joshua tipped the scales at 16st 13lb, 10lbs less than he was for the pair’s first meeting in June, Ruiz came in at a gargantuan 20st 3lb – 15lb more than six months ago when he shocked the world at Madison Square Garden.
Russian Nikolai Valuev is the only boxer to have weighed more for a world heavyweight title fight – though he was seven-feet tall. Anthony Joshua strolled to the scales looking relaxed with headphones on and chewing gum, he said he is not taking anything for granted despite his opponent looking out of shape.
“I feel good,” he said. “The weigh-in is important but for heavyweights, it doesn’t really matter. It’s about the skills that pay the bills and that leads to victory, it’s not so much about the weight.”
When asked whether his opponent was too heavy, Joshua shook his head. “Not really, he’s a big lad. They should make a super-heavyweight division because there is that much of a vast difference. The art of the game is to hit and not get hit, avoid them punches. Imagine how being three stone heavier and everyone saying how fast he is, I’ll definitely be beating him to the punch.”
Anthony Joshua 30, will be paid about 60 million pounds for the controversial rematch in Saudi Arabia while his opponent will be paid 13 million pounds. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn insisted money was secondary to reclaiming his belts.
“I don’t know if he has wanted it so bad before,” said Hearn. “When he lost he wasn’t in a great place for weeks after. But he’s really got his head screwed on. It’s ‘I’ve got to win this fight’ not just ‘It’s a lot of money and I’ve got to take it’.”
Hearn also warned it would be wrong to assume Joshua had lost weight to keep the fight at a distance. “He feels amazing, he is punching faster and sharper than he has ever done before,” he said. “There is no intention to box for 12 rounds. He will box Ruiz and be smart, but he also wants to punish him and hurt him when he gets the opportunity to do so. You are going to see a vicious performance.”
The promoter again defended the decision to take the fight to Saudi Arabia, despite growing criticism from human rights organizations including Amnesty International. “It has just been the most amazing experience I have ever been involved with,” Hearn told the Guardian. “People say, what does Saudi know about boxing? They have TVs. They have the internet. They watch the sport. And they are very tech-savvy and young.”
Culled from TheGuardian
Oba Adeyemi: Things To Know About Boxer Who Became Longest-Reigning Alaafin
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, passed on at 83 years on Friday night.
Adeyemi died at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, The PUNCH was told.
Adeyemi ruled for 52 years before his demise, making him the longest-reigning Alaafin.
In this piece, The PUNCH highlights things you should know about the boxer who became the longest-reigning Alaafin.
Alaafin Adeyemi was born Lamidi Olayiwola Atanda Adeyemi on October 15, 1938 into the Alowolodu Royal House of the famous Oyo town.
In his younger age, the Alaafin was a lover of boxing. The monarch was a boxer but had to retire early due to his coronation.
He became the Alaafin of Oyo in November 18, 1970, succeeding Oba Gbadegesin Ladigbolu I, during the governorship of Colonel Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, after the civil war. He was known popularly as Iku Baba Yeye.
During his reign, Oba Adeyemi permanently chaired the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs.
In 1975, the head of state General Murtala Muhammed included Oba Adeyemi in his entourage to the hajj.
In 1980, he was appointed as the chancellor of Uthman dan Fodiyo University in Sokoto. He held the position till 1992.
In 1990, President Ibrahim Babangida appointed him Amir-ul-Hajj in recognition of his commitment to the consolidation of Islam in Nigeria.
Alaafin was married to Ayaba Abibat Adeyemi, his senior wife. However, he had about twelve junior wives, whom he attended events with.
His junior wives included Ayaba Rahmat Adedayo Adeyemi, Ayaba Mujidat Adeyemi, Ayaba Rukayat Adeyemi, Ayaba Folashade Adeyemi, Ayaba Badirat Ajoke Adeyemi, Ayaba Memunat Omowunmi Adeyemi, Ayaba Omobolanle Adeyemi, Ayaba Moji Adeyemi, Ayaba Anuoluwapo Adeyemi, and Ayaba Damilola Adeyemi.
The Alaafin has numerous children, though the exact number is uncertain.
Tyson Fury Vs Dillian Whyte: Heavyweight Boxing Fight. 23 April 2022
Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte: Joe Joyce predicts winner of heavyweight fight
British heavyweight, Joe Joyce has backed Tyson Fury to defeat Dillian Whyte when both heavyweight boxers contest on Saturday.
Joyce believes Whyte will cause Fury problems but believes The Gypsy King will prevail.
Fury puts his WBC title on the line against Whyte this weekend at the Wembley Stadium in the first of two big heavyweight showdowns over the coming months with Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk set to clash once again in July.
“Fury is such a big draw now, he commands so much respect,” Joyce told Metro UK.
“It’s going to be a great fight. But I see Fury at range picking Dillian off with the jab and getting the win.
“That is unless Whyte can utilise good head movement, get inside and work the body and head. It will be an exciting fight for sure.”
My Heavy Ring Walk Costume Caused My Defeat
Deontay Wilder blames huge ring walk costume for defeat by Tyson Fury
Deontay Wilder says 40-pound costume left his legs dead in a seventh-round TKO loss to Tyson Fury
LAS VEGAS — Deontay Wilder wanted to make his ring walk prior to his fight with Tyson Fury on Saturday special and wore a 40-pound costume as a tribute to Black History Month. But Wilder said the costume was too heavy and was the reason that he didn’t have his legs under him in his seventh-round TKO loss to Fury.
He said he will go to Africa at the end of March on vacation and plans to exercise his rematch clause for a third fight with Fury. He said he’ll get back to boxing once he returns from Africa.
Wilder also said he is upset with assistant trainer Mark Breland for throwing in the towel to stop the fight and suggested that Breland will no longer be part of the team on fight night. He said he was displeased with the work of referee Kenny Bayless, who took a point from Fury in the fifth round, and went out of his way to congratulate Fury on his performance.
Wilder was knocked down in the third round of the heavyweight title fight by a straight right hand and then again in the fifth with a left hook to the body. His balance seemed off for much of the fight, and he slipped several times and went down two times in addition to the official knockdowns.
He said he wasn’t hurt by the punches and wanted the chance to continue. As Yahoo Sports reported on Sunday, he did not suffer a concussion, a broken ear drum or a broken jaw. The only physical injury he had was a two-centimeter cut that was closed with seven stitches.