Team Ruiz Confirm Deal Nearly Finalized To Face Anthony Joshua

By Ryan Burton

While many outlets have reported that a deal has been finalized to match WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO champion Anthony Joshua (22-0) against Andy Ruiz (32-1), sources close to Ruiz have informed that there are still a few minor details to be worked out.  The fight could be finalized as soon as tomorrow. Fox's Mike Coppinger first reported the news.

Joshua was originally scheduled to face 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, who was the front runner to land the assignment and turned down an offer for reportedly more than $5 million dollars, Michael Hunter and Manuel Charr had previously been mentioned as possible replacements.


It would be a short turn around for Ruiz who fought on April 20th when he stopped Alexander Dimitrenko in 5 rounds. The fight was the co-featured bout underneath the Danny Garcia-Adrian Granados Fox televised main event and was the first fight of Ruiz's 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," Ruiz told on April 22nd.

Ruiz has won 3 fights in a row since the loss to Parker.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ELPacman on 05-02-2019

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19703343]Yup. Anyone who’s ever dreamed of being HW champion, and having a chance to fight the HW champ is “cashing out” ****ing idiot.[/QUOTE] Ruiz isn't ready ya moron. He needs a heck of a lot more fights before he's any…

Comment by Detroit29 on 04-30-2019

[QUOTE=super-x;19703506][QUOTE=Detroit29;19703266]One, Ortiz is easily the number 4 HW behind the big three. He has already fought for a title. Miller hadn't done that. Two, you bring up Ortiz's 500k against Wilder. Do you know that Millers biggest purse was 527k…

Comment by Boxing1013 on 04-30-2019

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;19704052]How is this GGG's mando? GGG has no belts??? And this is a Catchweight fight.[/QUOTE] I said the Rolls fight is similar mismatch wise and hype wise to the Wade fight, when Wade was GGG's mandatory. I pointed out Wade…

Comment by Santa_ on 04-30-2019

[QUOTE=jreckoning;19703243]Can you imagine it, Ruiz versus Breazale for all the marbles?[/QUOTE] Hahaha, Brazil sucks did you see his last fight against Negroin? Bombsquad's gonna get him out of there in three.

Comment by EasternEuroFan on 04-30-2019

[QUOTE=GAME OVER;19703039]Getting 70% of your demand is better than getting 100% of nothing.[/QUOTE] especially when that 70% is still probably 8x more than he can make elsewhere.

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