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Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1st at MSG

Posted: 01-05-2019
Author: Andy Farr

 Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr
 WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO World Heavyweight Titles
 Saturday 1st June 2019
 Madison Square Garden
 Matchroom Boxing USA
 Sky Sports, DAZN

After weeks of speculation, Matchroom USA has finally made the official announcement that Andy Ruiz Jr will be coming out of the opposite corner to face heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on June 1st.

The Californian challenger scored a 5th round retirement win over Alexander Dimitrenko on the Danny Garcia vs Adrian Granados card in Carson, California on April 20th.

Ruiz Jr might be seen by many as the lucky recipient of a golden ticket to instant fame and fortune, but the by lingual Mexican/American has already challenged for a world title against New Zealander Joseph Parker in 2016, and was on the wrong side of a tight decision in Parker's homeland.

Ruiz Jr after his win over Alexander Dimitrenko
Ruiz Jr after his April 20th win over Alexander Dimitrenko.

Ruiz should still, be in good shape having fought only 10 days ago and his team will have been preparing him since talks began with Eddie Hearn over the possibility of Ruiz Jr being selected.

While boxing fans have struggled to understand why Adam Kownacki and Luis Ortiz turned down the opportunity, Ruiz Jr jumped at the chance which will make him a popular choice.