Anthony Joshua will fight Andy Ruiz Jr. in his US debut next month at Maddison Square Gardens after Jarrell Miller was removed from the fight!
The current world heavyweight champion was due to fight New York boxer Jarrell Miller on June 1st. ‘Big Baby’ was removed from the fight due to failing three drugs tests, meaning he will miss the biggest fight of his career. It took a while to find someone to step in to fight Joshua but after successful negotiations, Andy Ruiz Jr took the fight.
Ruiz is a 29-year-old heavyweight from Mexico. He has 32 wins on his record which includes 21 knockouts. He has only been beaten once and that was to Joseph Parker. His fight against the New Zealander was a controversial one as many thought Ruiz deserved the win. When the two men fought in 2016 it was for the WBO heavyweight belt, the only title fight of Ruiz’s career.
15 months later AJ went on to fight Parker and won, taking the WBO heavyweight belt. Joshua now holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. All of which will be on the line when Joshua and Ruiz meet at the start of June. Many boxing fans were hoping that AJ would have put his titles on the line against one of the bigger fighters. There has been lots of talk about a fight with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, but both have agreed on fights with other heavyweights. This means we will be waiting a while to see a matchup between AJ and Fury or Wilder.
Ruiz Jr isn’t letting the fact he’s not the popular choice get to him. He is hoping to become the first ever heavyweight champion from Mexico. His last fight was April 20th against German heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko. Ruiz won the fight in the fifth round with a TKO.
The Mexican fighter isn’t in the best of physical shape, weighing in at 262 pounds at his last fight. However, his size shouldn’t be taken for granted, he does have quick hands which he feels he can hurt AJ with. He has said he feels that Joshua boxes like a robot. However, this isn’t the first time someone has tried to take a stab at AJ for his boxing style. The British heavyweight is still confident of beating Ruiz.
Paddy Power odds
Paddy Power feels this will be another routine win for the undefeated boxer. AJ to win is at 1/33 with Ruiz at odds of 12/1 to win his first heavyweight belt. Unlike both of their fights with Joseph Parker, Paddy Power aren’t predicting the fight will go the distance. It is 1/6 that the fight won’t go passed round 12.
Rounds 4-6 is where Paddy Power have Joshua down as most likely winning it, priced at 12/5. Finally, the method of victory. AJ to record a 22nd KO/TKO is 1/5, Ruiz to win the same way is a huge 25/1! Paddy Power have a points victory as Ruiz’s best chance of winning at 22/1 with AJ at 4/1.
The fight is on June 1st in America, so it will be in the early hours of June 2nd for fans from the UK. Regardless of who Anthony Joshua was fighting this was always going to be a big fight. We haven’t seen him box since September 2018 and with it being his US debut there will be lots of hype around the fight.