After weeks of waiting, unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua(22-0, 21 KOs) finally has an opponent. Joshua will battle Andy Ruiz(32-1, 21 KOs) on June 1 at Madison Square Garden. Ruiz will replace Jarrell Miller, who reportedly tested positive for three different banned substances.
While some believe Joshua will have no issues in this fight, Ruiz wants to become the first ever Mexican heavyweight champion and expects to get the nod on June 1.
“When I do pull out this win, everything is going to change,” Ruiz said. “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.”
Ruiz expects an exciting fight against Joshua, and according to Ruiz, we could see a slugfest.
“I think the fight is going toe-to-toe, two guys smashing each other’s faces,” Ruiz said. “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.
The 29-year-old Ruiz, who is coming off a stoppage victory over Alexander Dimitrenko in April, is very confident that he can take advantage of Joshua’s fighting style.
“I think being so tall he fights like a big robot,” Ruiz said. “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.”
I think Joshua-Miller would have been the better fight, but Ruiz is not a bad replacement, and his only loss happened in 2016 against Joseph Parker, in a fight many believe he won.
Joshua is still the favorite, but Ruiz will be competitive.