Anthony Joshua Vs Andy Ruiz Jr Now Scheduled For June 1st At MSG
Andy Ruiz Jr has been confirmed as Anthony Joshua’s American debut opponent on Saturday June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
The 29 year old Ruiz (32-1 21 KOs) as been handed a rear shot at the heavyweight titles held by Anthony Joshua and could be on his way to becoming Mexico’s first heavyweight Champion. 10 days ago, he recorded the 21st KO of his professional career, after forcing the retirement of Alexander Dimitrenko in five rounds.
“The chills – I’m really excited for this fight,” said Ruiz. “There’s nervousness in me, but they’re happy nerves. This is my chance to make history, I want to be one of those greats like Chavez, Tyson, Holyfield, Lennox Lewis. I want to be in that category. Thanks to God for everything that he put in me, I just can’t wait.
“I think the fight is going toe-to-toe, two guys smashing each other’s faces. I’m going in there to throw combinations like I’ve never done before, to improve my speed. A lot of people underestimated me, and I’m used to that. My whole life people underrated me so I’m just going in there to take all. I’m not going in there scared and I’m not going in there nervous, I’m going to go in there mad and to take what’s mine.
“I think being so tall he fights like a big robot. I think with my style, my speed, my movement, I don’t think he’s fought anybody like me. It’s going to be a whole different ball game. All the guys that he’s fought, they usually run around from him. I don’t think he’s good going back. I’m going to bring the pressure, the speed, and the combinations to him.
“When I do pull out this win, everything is going to change. I’m going to bring the titles back to Mexico, it’s going to mean everything. I’m going to be able to change my whole family’s lives; my life and all my kids. It’s a win-win situation right now, but the main thing is to win the fight and make history.”
This will be Ruiz’s second title shot after coming up short on score cards against former WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker in Auckland back in December 2016.
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Anthony Joshua (22-0 21 KOs) was originally scheduled to face American Jarrell Miller for his debut in America on June 1st but the big mouthed trash talker failed a drug test. He will now defend his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles against Ruiz, who was the last resort after much scrambling over a late replacement.
This announcement is coming two years and one day after his epic victory over former undisputed World Heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko and will be his eighth World title fight, freshly after knocking out Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium, London in September.
“Ruiz is a different kind of challenge but one I embrace’” said Joshua. “We have worked in the boxing gym week on week and whomever is put in front of me at Madison Square Garden on June 1 will be dispatched in style. The rent will be collected.”