Joshua vs Ruiz: Heavy champion Anthony Joshua is back in the ring on June 1 defending his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles against Mexican challenger Andy Ruiz. After almost nine months out of the ring, Joshua’s return will also mark his debut in America, with the bout to be held at Madison Square Garden in New York.
WHEN IS ANTHONY JOSHUA’S NEXT FIGHT?
Anthony Joshua fights Andy Ruiz on June 1 (it will air on Sunday, June 2 in Australia).
WHERE IS ANTHONY JOSHUA VS ANDY RUIZ?
The fight will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
One of the spiritual homes of boxing, MSG has hosted some of the biggest bouts ever, the first two fights between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Home of the New York Knicks, MSG can hold 20,789 people for boxing matches.
ANTHONY JOSHUA VS JARRELL ‘BIG BABY’ MILLER
Joshua was lined up to take on American Miller in his big US debut, but the man known as ‘Big Baby’ was pulled after failing multiple drug tests.
Miller initially tested positive for GW1516, before it was revealed that he had also failed tests for human growth hormones and EPO.
Miller was dropped from the card, with Andy Ruiz getting the chance to fight for Joshua’s world titles.
WHO IS ANDY RUIZ?
The 29-year-old Mexican is getting his second crack at fighting for a world title, after losing to New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in 2016.
The controversial decision defeat is the only loss on Ruiz’s record, and he has won three in succession since then.
The 188cm Ruiz may not resemble the chiseled Joshua, but is a naturally talented boxer with a nice jab and good ring smarts.
ANTHONY JOSHUA RECORD
Joshua is undefeated, with a 22-0 record and 21 knockouts.
His unification bout with Parker last year is the only one of Joshua’s fights to go the distance.
ANDY RUIZ RECORD
Ruiz is 31-1 with 21 wins by way of knockout.
Is solitary loss was his decision defeat to Parker in 2016.