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'Tomorrow night, me and him go to war,' Joshua says at weigh in in advance of fight with Ruiz

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Published on May 31, 2019 - Duration: 01:29s

'Tomorrow night, me and him go to war,' Joshua says at weigh in in advance of fight with Ruiz

SHOWS: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 31, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

DEFENDING WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, ANTHONY JOSHUA, WEIGHING IN AT 247.8 POUNDS 2.

HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

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'Tomorrow night, me and him go to war,' Joshua says at weigh in in advance of fight with Ruiz

SHOWS: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 31, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

DEFENDING WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, ANTHONY JOSHUA, WEIGHING IN AT 247.8 POUNDS 2.

HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE CHALLENGER, ANDY RUIZ JR. WEIGHING IN AT 268 POUNDS 3.

WHITE FLASH 4.

JOSHUA AND RUIZ FACING OFF 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEFENDING WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, ANTHONY JOSHUA, SAYING: "Tomorrow night, I put the titles in the air and they're up for grabs.

And me and him go to war.

So the best man wins." 6.

WHITE FLASH 7.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE CHALLENGER, ANDY RUIZ JR., SAYING: "The Mexican blood that I have in me, I want to become the first Mexican heavyweight.

I want to make history and on June 1st, that's what we're going to accomplish." 8.

WHITE FLASH 9.

JOSHUA AND RUIZ POSING FOR STILL PHOTOS 10.

WHITE FLASH 11.

JOSHUA AND RUIZ SHAKING HANDS STORY: Boxers Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. weighed in at Madison Square Garden on Friday (May 31) in advance of their fight in New York on Saturday (Saturday June 1).

Heavyweight world champion Joshua will be defending his titles against California-based Mexican-American Ruiz.

Joshua weighed in at 247.8 pounds.

Ruiz weighed in at 268 pounds.

"Tomorrow night, I put the titles in the air and they're up for grabs.

And me and him go to war.

So the best man wins," Joshua said.

"I want to become the first Mexican heavyweight.

I want to make history," Ruiz said.

Joshua, the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world champion, had been scheduled to fight American Jarrell Miller but the New York State Athletic Commission refused to sanction the fight after Miller failed a drugs test.

The fight will be 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion Joshua's first title bout outside of Britain.

The 29-year-old has a professional record of 22 wins, which includes 21 knockouts.

Ruiz, also 29, has a record of 32 wins, 21 by knockout, and one defeat - his loss coming in a majority decision against New Zealander Joseph Parker in Auckland in 2016 for the vacant WBO belt.

Parker then lost that title to Joshua in a unanimous points decision in Cardiff in March last year.

(Production: Andrew Hofstetter, Roselle Chen)

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