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.
A fight game veteran with over 20 years of experience as a manager, promoter and advisor, Kahn has his finger on the pulse of what goes on inside and outside the ring. He can be heard weekly as co-host of “The Fight Guys” podcast on the SB Nation Radio Network.
And nobody knows the heavyweight division better. Just two weeks ago, Kahn called Deontay Wilder knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round — a massive 22-1 long shot bet. “Based on everything Wilder has expressed leading up to the fight and his true dislike and beef with Breazeale, expect Wilder to come out and try to get rid of him early in order to make a statement,” Kahn told readers.
Joshua vs Ruiz In the ring on Saturday, Ruiz will be giving up a four-inch height and eight-inch reach advantage to the champion. That partially explains Joshua coming into the bout as a -2100 favorite while Ruiz is listed as a +1125 underdog per MyBookie.
It’s interesting to see Holyfield and Bowe together and talking about this fight. The legendary rivals fought in three of the most memorable matches you’ll ever see in the heavyweight division. Despite their knock-down-drag-out battles, the two men are close friends to this day. Both now live in Florida. They come from an era when the best heavyweights fought each other, except for the Bowe vs. Lennox Lewis fight we never got a chance to see take place.
It would be so much more entertaining to see and hear the two greats discuss the heavyweight fight most boxing fans want to see, and that’s Joshua vs. WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder. There is no telling when that fight will ever take place. Wilder just scored a knockout victory over Dominic Breazeale earlier this month. With Joshua set to face Ruiz on Saturday, it would appear things were aligned for the two men to meet later this year–provided Joshua gets past Ruiz as expected.
A few names were mentioned as potential replacements, but in the end, Ruiz was chosen for the opportunity. As Holyfield says in the video above, Ruiz is known for his hand speed. It’s far above average for a heavyweight, though he is shorter and rounder in stature than most would consider ideal.