Anthony Joshua will shield his heavyweight titles towards Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on June 1, the British boxer’s promoter announced on Wednesday.
Ruiz Jr, who may be bidding to come to be Mexico’s first heavyweight world champion, replaces Joshua’s scheduled opponent Jarrell Miller, who changed into barred from preventing after failing pills assessments.
“The chills — I’m absolutely excited for this fight,” said Californian-born Ruiz, 29, in a assertion released by Matchroom Boxing 안전놀이터 .
He referred to Mexican great Julio Cesar Chavez, a global champion in numerous lighter training, and previous heavyweight global champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.
“This is my hazard to make history, I want to be one of these greats like Chavez, Tyson, Holyfield, Lennox Lewis. I need to be in that category. I’m going to bring the titles returned to Mexico. I’m going so as to alternate my complete family’s lives, my life and all my youngsters.”
Ruiz has gained 32 of his 33 expert bouts, along with his only defeat coming in a international identify mission against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker.
Joshua, 29, who has received all of his 22 fights, may be fighting in the United States for the primary time and protecting his WBA, IBF, WBO belts.
“Ruiz is a one-of-a-kind kind of assignment however one I embrace,” stated Joshua. “We have worked inside the boxing gym week on week and whomever is installed front of me at Madison Square Garden on June 1 could be dispatched in style. The hire can be amassed.”