Joshua vs Ruiz live stream Following a frustrating few months for Anthony Joshua, it is now confirmed the British heavyweight will face American Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
After a cancelled April 13 date at Wembley Stadium, followed by the farce surrounding Jarrell Miller’s drug ban, the news will be welcomed by Joshua, who will be fighting for the first time since last September.
The Olympic gold medallist will defend his WBA Super, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles against Ruiz, who was top of a list of potential names promoter Eddie Hearn had shortlisted to replace Miller.
The fight signifies the first time the Finchley ABC amateur has fought outside of the UK, and is sure to be nothing like what he is accustomed to in the ‘Lions’ Den’ of Wembley Stadium.
Boxing’s promised land: Madison Square Garden, slap bang in the middle of New York City.
It is Joshua’s first trip across the pond in a fight promoter Eddie Hearn hopes will enhance his international reputation.
Joshua follows in the footsteps of some of the sports biggest names; Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Joe Frazier have all fought at the iconic venue.
A willing and confident opponent who comes into this with just one previous loss, to former world champ Joseph Parker, who Joshua of course took the WBO belt off after beating him in March 2018.
Ruiz has one each of his other 32 fights, with 21 inside the distance, and is known for his fast hand speed and heavy punching power.
Fighting out of California, ‘The Destroyer’ stands four inches smaller than Joshua but will likely enter the fight heavier, after weighing in at over 18 and a half stone for his last fight.