Anthony Joshua: Ruiz Knows A lot About Me and I Do Him

Anthony Joshua finally fights Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday after almost a decade of the two very nearly crossing paths.

The IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO heavyweight champion makes the latest defence of his titles on the occasion of his US debut, when he fights his Mexican challenger at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Ruiz Jr, like Joshua aged 29, was only installed as Joshua’s challenger when Jarrell Miller’s six-month suspension ruled the champion’s first-choice opponent out.

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The two fought at the same world championships in 2011, a year before Joshua excelled in winning Olympic gold, and narrowly missed each other again when Ruiz Jr suffered his only professional defeat to Joseph Parker, who Joshua consequently ended up fighting instead.

Both Joshua and his challenger also took similar paths through life, their focus for boxing rescuing them from the troubled avenues they had been pursuing as teenagers, and the champion is therefore aware of the threat Ruiz Jr poses when interest surrounds Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury and what is to come next.

“We were at the world championships in Baku in 2011,” Joshua said. “He knows a lot about me and I do him. He turned pro a year after when I started boxing so he has been around a long time and knows his craft. I know a lot about Ruiz.

“People speak about being fully focused on June 1. I am, but you can’t not look at the bigger picture. I’m sure he is doing it himself, you naturally look at the bigger picture. I don’t put blinkers on about seeing the potential (of fights with rival heavyweights Wilder and Fury).

“You had Wilder-(Dominic) Breazeale, you’ve got the Fury-(Tom) Schwarz fight after; you’ve got me in the middle. It’s all about what’s next.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by giant_king on 05-31-2019

Joshua should be able to knock him out within 2 rounds.anything further then Joshua just dragging this thing out to make it look like it was a tough fight

Comment by Clegg on 05-31-2019

[QUOTE=takenotes;19786249]If parker went 12 with Joshua, how is he gonna ko Ruiz in 3?[/QUOTE] Because Ruiz will be moving towards AJ's power shots more often than Parker did. Takam took a lot of punches from AJ and Ruiz might be…

Comment by takenotes on 05-31-2019

If parker went 12 with Joshua, how is he gonna ko Ruiz in 3?

Comment by Slip&Counter on 05-31-2019

[QUOTE=Iamsmoke89;19786138]He is trying to sell this fight so bad. We all know it’s gonna be a short night for Ruiz unless he goes in playing around with him.[/QUOTE] ^^^we all know that’s the truth.

Comment by Tatabanya on 05-31-2019

It may very well be a first round knockout. I'm putting money on each round of the first three.

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