The Champ: Anthony Joshua during a press conference, at New York's Beacon Theater—ahead of his heavyweight title fight with Andy Ruiz Jr, at Madison Square Garden. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
If Anthony Joshua looks like he doesn't have a care in the world right now, well, it's because he doesn't. On Saturday, June 1, he will attempt to defend his WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight world titles against challenger Andy Ruiz. Joshua, the massive favorite is fighting Ruiz, who is a replacement for the original challenger, Jarrell Miller. Ruiz took this fight on relatively short notice for a fight of this magnitude after Miller tested positive for banned substances.
Joshua, the undefeated heavyweight champion has a perfect record of 22-0 (21KOs). Ruiz's only blemish was in 2016 when he lost a majority decision to Joseph Parker for the vacant WBO heavyweight title in Parker's native land of New Zealand. Since then Ruiz 31-1 (21KOs) has won three fights while waiting to get another shot at the world title.
Andy Ruiz might look like the guy next door, not the one that goes to the gym. The other one, that looks like he plays a lot of Fortnite. Nonetheless, Ruiz can fight. He is certainly deserving of his world title challenge and very well might have the quickest hands and best footwork in the heavyweight division today.
Even the only four-time heavyweight champion in history, Evander Holyfield said Ruiz is too quick and that he wouldn't want to fight him.
With that being said, while I give Ruiz a chance of having a respectable showing in the early rounds, I feel that Joshua is going to be looking to make a statement in his American debut, at the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden no less. Joshua will find his distance and eventually find Ruiz's timing. Once that happens, the bigger and stronger Joshua only needs one punch to end the contest. As I expressed in my Ultimate Bettor's Guide for this fight, I see Joshua stopping Ruiz in either rounds 5, 6 or 9, but definitely winning by knockout, whether by the count or the referee stopping the fight.
Here's how to tune in and watch, including a step-by-step guide to finding DAZN across various supported devices.
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DAZN, the exclusive home of Anthony Joshua, is offering two different subscription packages for fight fans. New subscribers would be able to live stream the Joshua vs. Ruiz fight, along with dozens of other live events and original programming included in DAZN's multi-sport offering.
Here is a full list of the devices where DAZN is available, in addition to web browsers on DAZN.com:
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