Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr PPV Fight Tonight : fight prediction, odds, undercard, expert pick, timeJoshua will be putting his unified heavyweight titles on the line on Saturday night in New York City
Joshua vs. Ruiz viewing information
Date: Saturday, June 1
Time: Undercard at 5:30 pm ET – Main Card at 8:30 pm ET
Live Stream: DAZN
While Ruiz certainly isn’t as dangerous as WBC champion Deontay Wilder, whom the boxing world is waiting with baited breath for Joshua to finally face, the Mexican-American fighter is still a credible threat. Respect box? Subscribe to my podcast — State of Combat with Brian Campbell — where we take an in-depth look at the world of boxing each week, including a preview of Joshua vs. Ruiz at the 1:20:54 mark.
“[Ruiz] is from a boxing background; his dad is an ex-boxer [who fought] on the world stage as well,” Joshua said. “He is Mexican and we all know they can fight and it’s their heritage. He does not throw as much punches as Miller and is more selective. Ruiz punches with more intent to hurt and slow your opponent down so they are easier to hit. I think Miller was trying to outwork me and muscle me where Ruiz is looking for that one-shot knockout.”
Although Ruiz isn’t necessarily known as a destroyer, he does like to scrap and is no stranger to giving as good as he gets. The fight against Joshua represents a quick turnaround in the sense that Ruiz made his PBC debut in late April by stopping the much bigger Alexander Dimitrenko in an action fight.
What Ruiz is most known for as a heavyweight is his quick hands and deceiving agility for a fighter who has battled weight issues throughout his career and largely enters as the antithesis of the chiseled and hulking Joshua.
This is also not Ruiz first time on the national/title level. The Mexican-American went to New Zealand in 2016 to take on hometown phenom Joseph Parker for the then-vacant WBO heavyweight crown. Not only did Ruiz look strong while fighting in his opponent’s backyard, but some believe he did enough to earn the win despite losing on close scorecards.