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Hearn: Andy Ruiz Will Try To Beat Joshua, I Want To See a War

By Radio Rahim

Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, views once-beaten Mexican contender Andy Ruiz as a very dangerous opponent to face on short-notice.

Ruiz is a frontrunner to face Joshua on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

"Andy Ruiz will come to win. He doesn't look physically pleasing, but he can really fight. He's Mexican, he can punch, he has fast hands, and he knows how to fight," Hearn said.

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Joshua was scheduled to face Jarrell Miller, who was pulled from the contest after failing three pre-fight drug tests.

According to Hearn, Joshua is not worried at all about his next opponent.

"[He's] Absolutely fine. He’s the ultimate pro. He’s impressed me so much. He hasn’t even asked me. It’s been nearly eight days or nine days since [Miller’s first failed drugs test]. I’d have liked to have announced it a couple of days ago but it won’t be long.”

Hearn believes Ruiz or Michael Hunter would come in there and really make it a way with Joshua.

“Don’t fight him for the money, fight him for the world heavyweight title because you think you can win. Those are the people I want. I don’t want to go to Madison Square Garden and watch him bowl someone over in a round, I want to see him in a war, I want to see someone trying to take his head off - legally," Hearn said.

“I want someone that thinks they can win rather than someone who goes, ‘If you give me this much, I’ll take it.’ I’m not interested in that. I know you’ve got to get as much money as you can but come to win, because it’s a life-changing moment. The world heavyweight championship at Madison Square Garden, that’s something you dream of.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by P4Pdunny on 04-29-2019

when are we getting an announcement then

Comment by Redgloveman on 04-29-2019

[QUOTE=Detroit29;19700117]Gladly. One, Ortiz was challenging for WBC for the first time so he played his position. Two, this situation is much different. Ortiz is easily the 4th best HW behind the big three and Hearn is the one in need…

Comment by Adamsc151 on 04-29-2019

Ruiz may not have the sheer size and durability of Miller, but he's a far better boxer and has very quick hands for a HW. If his fight with Parker was anywhere but New Zealand, he might have already been…

Comment by Mammoth on 04-28-2019

[QUOTE=sicko;19700571]So is Ruiz official? I'm totally OK with it if he is! Great opportunity for him, anything can happen when you pick a last minute opponent. It is more risky for AJ the Champion than it is for the Challenger.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Boksfan on 04-28-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19700547]If Breazeale knocks him out, everybody loses money! Wilder, Fury, and Joshua, are all in a high risk game! In the HW division, it just takes one punch! [B]POOF GONE![/B][/QUOTE] I don't know, I'm pretty sure AJ vs Fury can…

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