Andy Ruiz Jr set to be named as Anthony Joshua competition for New York bout


Ruiz (left) kick German Alexander Dimitrenko (right) dual weeks ago

Ruiz (left) kick German Alexander Dimitrenko (right) dual weeks ago

Unified universe heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is set to face American Andy Ruiz Jr in New York on 1 June.

Joshua, 29, was due to face Jarrell Miller during Madison Square Garden though a American unsuccessful drug tests, forcing him out of a Madison Square Garden bout.

California-born Ruiz, 29, has fought for a universe pretension once before and is expected to be reliable as Joshua’s competition for his US entrance on Tuesday.

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Ruiz will “do anything” to turn universe champion.

“He will perform you, give it his all. Even if it means removing sensationally knocked out, he will rather do that than not do it,” Hearn told Fighthype.com.

“I couldn’t means a man who we suspicion might not be good adequate or diversion adequate to perform a fans. we had to collect a man in my heart who we suspicion will do all to turn universe heavyweight champion during a Garden.”

Ruiz has concluded to terms, withdrawal usually tiny sum to be finalised, with Hearn saying a quarrel was “close”.

Ruiz kick Germany’s Alexander Dimitrenko on 20 April, weighing in during 262lbs, that is 17lbs heavier than Joshua in his final win over Alexander Povetkin in September.

At 6ft 2in, he is 4 inches shorter than Joshua and will be during a estimable strech disadvantage.

In his usually universe pretension shot to date, Ruiz mislaid on points to New Zealand’s Joseph Parker, whom Joshua outpointed 15 months after to harmonize a WBA, IBF and WBO universe titles.

On Monday, British heavyweight Dillian Whyte pronounced Ruiz represented “a save-the-show fight”, insisting a challenger would poise no problem for Joshua.

Joshua will finish about 9 months of loitering when he stairs into a ring and will find to extend his 22-fight dominant record.

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