By Ryan Burton
Another name has entered the mix to face WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on June 1st in New York.
Top contender Andy Ruiz Jr. (32-1) has advised BoxingScene.com that he and his team are meeting with Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn tomorrow to discuss filling in for Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller who was denied a license by the New York Athletic Commission due to failing three different tests for PEDs.
Fighters such as Luis Ortiz, Michael Hunter and Manuel Charr had previously been mentioned as possible replacements.
It would be a short turn around for Ruiz who just fought on Saturday when he stopped Alexander Dimitrenko in 5 round in the co-feature bout underneath the Danny Garcia-Adrian Granados Fox televised main event. The fight was his first under his new deal with Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions.
Ruiz lost a majority decision to Joseph Parker in 2016 in a fight for the then vacant WBO heavyweight title. Parker defended the title twice before losing it to Joshua last spring. Ruiz felt he deserved to get the victory over Parker and wants another chance at that title.
"We will be ready on June 1st. I'm coming for those belts. That WBO belt belongs to me. Everyone knows I beat Parker," said Ruiz.
With less than 6 weeks till fight night, Hearn is expected to announce Joshua's new opponent by the end of the week.
Ruiz has won 3 fights in a row since the loss to Parker.
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