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Hearn: Canelo Told Me Joshua vs. Ruiz is a "Great Fight"

Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, believes his boxer is in for a very tough fight on June 1.

Once-beaten Andy Ruiz will come in on late notice to challenge Joshua at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Ruiz replaces Jarrell Miller, who was set to fight Johsua but got pulled after failing three separate pre-drug tests. He came up positive for banned substances HGH, EPO and GW1516.

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Ruiz has a record of 32 wins, 21 knockouts and one loss. His only defeat came at the hands of Joseph Parker in a close twelve round decision in December 2016. Parker was defeated by Joshua by unanimous decision in their four belt unification in March 2018.

Joshua has won all 22 of his professional fights, which included 21 knockouts.

According to Hearn, fighters like Canelo Alvarez and Jessie Vargas have been raving about the ability of Ruiz.

"When you talk to, I think we had Jessie Vargas speaking about it, these people are not mugs on boxing, they’re not some bloke down the pub who has watched three fights. These are people who study and know boxing inside out. They know how good Andy Ruiz is," Hearn told IFL TV.

“If Andy Ruiz was built like AJ, he’d be as big as Canelo. He’d be a Mexican heavyweight [champion]. Unfortunately the guy looks more like me in my trunks but the guy can fight like f***. I’ve had loads of messages from people in boxing saying, ‘You know this is a f***ing really tough fight don’t you?’

“When you talk to Jessie and they did it with Oscar [De La Hoya] and Canelo. Canelo grew up with this guy in the amateur scene and he’s like, ‘Wow, this is a great fight.’ I’m like, ‘Canelo, can we do an interview with you saying that?’ Everyone in boxing is saying it’s a tougher fight as Miller, definitely as tough. It doesn’t have the animosity and he doesn’t look as good as Miller but he’s a character, I like Ruiz a lot, he’s got bundles of heart. He’d become a legend overnight and he wants it bad.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Laligalaliga on 05-04-2019

[QUOTE=JWHardin;19712361]Tough sell for this fight, a joke of a fight really. Casual fans pay the most money in the end, and they will see a guy that looks like a steroid freak vs a fat tub of **** that barely…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 05-04-2019

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;19711086]DAZN is unknown territory. They are going to realize very quickly that most people don't give a **** about paying $20 for mediocre fights every month but will pay $100 for the right fights. DAZN is trying to socialize sporting…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 05-04-2019

[QUOTE=sanapuki;19710913]His handlers didn't mess up. It was just a cover story because he couldn't fight due to being mid cycle. Ortiz and his manager would have known what's going on.[/QUOTE] Exactly my point. How can all of a sudden guys…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 05-04-2019

[QUOTE=SchoolTheseCats;19710822]It’s a ok fight on short notice.... Great fight would of been Ortiz but his handlers messed that up[/QUOTE] It has nothing to do with Ortiz handlers, Ortiz didn't want the fight. Let's stop beating around the bush, huh!! Is…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 05-04-2019

[QUOTE=GGG Gloveking;19710758]You lying sack of Sheit. Canelo don't even speak English[/QUOTE] means he doesn't talk right? You sucker.

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