Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr: All the fight details you need to know
Anthony Joshua makes his US debut this weekend and the Super WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion has to deal with a challenger who came in at a month’s notice after original foe Jarrell Miller failed several tests for performance-enhancing drugs. Replacement Andy Ruiz Jr fits the bill as a Mexican-American with only one, contentious defeat on his record and with fast hands and intelligent counter-punching that belie his chubby appearance.
Joshua has not fought since September last year – overcoming some early problems to vanquish a spirited Alexander Povetkin – so could be a little rusty, but has the poise, quality fundamentals and top-level experience to deal with both the occasion and a late-notice change of opponent.
The bout takes place on Saturday, June 1.
Madison Square Garden, New York.
12 three-minute rounds.
TV Coverage and fight time
Live coverage is on DAZN in the US from 5.30pm ET, and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK from 10pm.
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