By Xavier Porter | May 1, 2019
Anthony Joshua, the current IBO, IBF, WBA, and WBO Heavyweight World Champion is prepared and set to take not only his career, but his star status to the highest of heights when he faces heavyweight title contended Andy Ruiz on June 1, live at Madison Square Garden. The fight will be broadcast through DAZN and Sky Sports for the entire world to see the rising sensation take on a last minute replacement opponent.
Let’s be clear for one second: Ruiz is stepping in as a late notice opponent after Joshua’s initial opponent Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller tested positive for three banned substances. Regardless of when or how Ruiz received this life-changing opportunity, that fact of the matter is that he’s a viable contender who packs a punch. Ruiz, nicknamed “Destroyer”, has a tremendous opportunity to become Mexico’s first Heavyweight World Champion.
Yes, the deck is stacked high for Ruiz as he will be facing a man who comes into the fight with a (95%) knockout ratio. With a record of (22-0, 21 KOs) and standing at 6’6, Joshua brings every arsenal into the ring that you can imagine: speed, strength, power, grit, heart, intelligence, and tenacity.
Joshua, a respectable and humble fighter at times, had his sights set on demolishing Miller. Unfortunately for both men and the sport of boxing, we may never see that fight come through fruition. Nevertheless, Ruiz (32-1 21 KOs) is more than willing to provide the fireworks that will needed to have fight fans clamoring at their seats, in anticipation of toe-to-toe action and the exchanging of heavy blows.
Point blank, there’s a strong possibility that this fight may not go the distance. With Joshua’s record and focus to solidify himself as the best heavyweight in the world, it may be wise for him to pursue another exhilarating knockout within the states.
“The chills – I’m really excited for this fight. There’s nervousness in me, but they’re happy nerves. This is my chance to make history, I want to be one of those greats like Chavez, Tyson, Holyfield, Lennox Lewis. I want to be in that category. Thanks to God for everything that he put in me, I just can’t wait.
“I think the fight is going toe-to-toe, two guys smashing each other’s faces. I’m going in there to throw combinations like I’ve never done before, to improve my speed. A lot of people underestimated me, and I’m used to that. My whole life people underrated me so I’m just going in there to take all. I’m not going in there scared and I’m not going in there nervous, I’m going to go in there mad and to take what’s mine.”
“I think being so tall he fights like a big robot. I think with my style, my speed, my movement, I don’t think he’s fought anybody like me. It’s going to be a whole different ball game. All the guys that he’s fought, they usually run around from him. I don’t think he’s good going back. I’m going to bring the pressure, the speed, and the combinations to him.”
“When I do pull out this win, everything is going to change. I’m going to bring the titles back to Mexico, it’s going to mean everything. I’m going to be able to change my whole family’s lives; my life and all my kids. It’s a win-win situation right now, but the main thing is to win the fight and make history.”
Pressure busts pipes!!!
There’s pressure on both men to perform well. Each man is fighting for their country. The country of Mexico has been known throughout the history of the sport to have some of the most passionate and loving fans of their countrymen who risk their lives inside the squared circle.
With the continued emergence Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (three division world champion, current WBC, WBA, IBF, Ring Middleweight Champion) being the face of boxing, Ruiz has an amazing opportunity make history and align himself with some of the greatest fighters from his country.
A win for Ruiz against Joshua would put in him the category with former world champions and International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees Julio Caesar Chavez, Marcos Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and soon to be inducted member Juan Manuel Marquez.
For Joshua, a win against Ruiz takes him one step out of the shadow former Unified Heavyweight World Champion Lennox Lewis. Just like Lewis, Joshua has possession of four world titles. However, the title that’s groomed to be the most coveted, the WBC title, sits around the waist of Deontay Wilder, who himself has a tough title defense taking place on May 18 against once-beaten Dominic Breazeale.
Joshua defeated Breazeale in their previous square-off and he’d love to become undisputed world champion. Thus the reason as to why he desperately needs to defeat Ruiz and do so in spectacular fashion.
Fight fans from the United States will applaud and respect Joshua for winning a decision, but it would be hard press to make them fall in love with him with simple win against a last minute replacement.
“Ruiz is a different kind of challenge but one I embrace. We have worked in the boxing gym week on week and whomever is put in front of me at Madison Square Garden on June 1 will be dispatched in style. The rent will be collected.”
“After a tricky week I am delighted to announce Andy Ruiz Jr. as AJ’s opponent for his US debut at MSG on June 1,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “People talk about fighting AJ, some even have to fill their bodies with PEDs to try and beat him up, but very few genuine fighters step up and take the challenge.”
“When we selected the opponent, I wanted someone with fire in their heart, someone who genuinely believed that they can win and become World Heavyweight champion. Andy showed that desire.”
“In my opinion, this is a tougher test than Jarrell Miller. Andy punches harder and is much faster – this is going to be a war. Andy brings Mexican heart but he will meet the best Heavyweight in the world on June head on at the Garden. Do not blink!”
The Women May Steal the Show!!!
Although Joshua and Ruiz headline the show, the undisputed lightweight bout between current WBA, IBF, WBO Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor vs WBC Lightweight Champion Delfine Persoon has the potential of being one of the best fights in women’s boxing.
Claressa Shields ten round domination of Christina Hammer to win the undisputed middleweight world championship has truly garnered more views and support from both fans and the media.
Taylor (13-0 6 KOs) has her whole country of Ireland backing her to bring back all the belts, including the Ring Magazine belt. Persoon (43-1 18KOs) has been defended her belt for five consecutive years, with nine defenses in that reign. The Belgian champion will be fighting for the first time in his career outside of Europe.
“It’s great that she has finally signed for the fight and I’m delighted that Eddie has been able to make it. After my fight last month I went back home for a week but then it was straight back to Connecticut to start the hard work in training camp for this fight.”
“When I turned professional my first goal was to win a World title but then my next priority was to become undisputed champion so obviously this fight gives me the opportunity to do that so it’s massive for my career.”
“Women’s boxing is in such great place right now and these are the kind of super fights that will really take it to new heights. Persoon is recognized as one of the best in the world pound for pound and has been the WBC champ now for over five years so it’s the best against the best. Madison Square Garden seems like the perfect setting for a fight of this magnitude.”
“This is a very unique opportunity for me and I’m thankful we’ve got the fight made. I did not have the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games and now I get the chance to compete with the Olympic champion in Katie Taylor.”
“I expect this will be a very tough and honest fight, and that the best boxer may win this title fight – and I expect that to be me.”
“This is it – this is everything, the absolute pinnacle of the sport,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “The dream is on, the undisputed championship and I can’t wait to see this fight on June 1.
“This is the toughest test of Katie’s amateur and pro career, two pound-for-pound greats putting it all on the line at the mecca of boxing – the atmosphere is going to be something else.”
Tickets for the huge night of World title action in New York are on sale now via Madison Square Garden and StubHub (www.stubhub.com)
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Xavier Porter is the:
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