LONDON (Reuters) – Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua will defend his titles towards California-based Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr in New York on June 1, the Briton’s promoter introduced on Wednesday.
Joshua, the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world champion, had been scheduled to combat American Jarrell Miller however the New York State Athletic Fee refused to sanction the combat after Miller failed a medication take a look at.
Ruiz is hoping to develop into Mexico’s first heavyweight world champion.
“It is time to make historical past. On June 1 we will make historical past,” he mentioned in a YouTube interview with Matchroom Boxing.
“I wish to be a kind of greats like (Julio Cesar) Chavez, (Mike) Tyson, (Evander) Holyfield, Lennox Lewis. I wish to be in that class. That is my time, that is my probability.”
“I feel the combat goes toe-to-toe, two guys smashing one another’s faces. I am moving into there to throw mixtures like I’ve by no means thrown earlier than,” added Ruiz.
“Lots of people underestimated me. I am used to that. I am not moving into there scared or nervous. I am moving into there mad to take what’s mine.”
The combat can be 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion Joshua’s first title bout outdoors of Britain.
The 29-year-old has knowledgeable report of 22 wins, which incorporates 21 knockouts.
Ruiz, additionally 29, has a report of 32 wins, 21 by knockout, and one defeat — his loss coming in a majority choice towards New Zealander Joseph Parker in Auckland in 2016 for the vacant WBO belt.
Parker then misplaced that title to Joshua in a unanimous factors choice in Cardiff in March final yr.
“Ruiz is a unique sort of problem however one I embrace,” mentioned Joshua.
“We’ve labored within the boxing health club week on week and whoever was going to be put in entrance of me at Madison Sq. (NYSE:) Backyard was going to be dispatched in model. The lease can be collected.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned Ruiz, who has seemed extra paunchy than punchy in some latest pictures, may show a harder take a look at than Miller.
“Andy punches tougher and is far quicker. That is going to be a struggle. Andy brings Mexican coronary heart however he’ll meet the most effective heavyweight on the earth in June,” mentioned the Briton.
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