Joshua-Ruiz Jr. Ready For MSG Spotlight
Standing under the bright lights of the Beacon Theater on Thursday, Anthony Joshua seemed comfortable heading into his June 1st Madison Square Garden debut against Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua, who puts up his IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles against the California based challenger a ton of respect for Ruiz Jr.
“Fighting Andy for me is just as dangerous as fighting Wilder or Fury,” Joshua told the press on Thursday. “They both possess their own skills, so I have to take Andy deadly serious. I don’t overlook him at all, I respect him and respect his team, and I really respect he put his name on the dotted line to take this challenge. No challenge is easy, no matter what the bookers are telling you or the odd makers. Andy is going to come in here and give me a real good fight and cause problems, and it’s down to me as a champion to think smart, box clever, out box, out strength, and out muscle Andy Ruiz to get that win.
“No fight like after the fight when your hands are raised, your opponent has been defeated and thinking about being on a beach, or being with your family, and focus on the next challenge ahead. Right now I’m only champion till June 1 when I have to defend my titles. I’m currently the heavyweight champion of the world, but June 1 I put them in the air and they’re up for grabs. Let the best man win.”
For Ruiz, his trainer, Manny Robles, didn’t feel like this was a short-notice camp for he and his fighter. Instead, Robles approached it as a 15 week camp with a “tune-up” fight against Alexander Dimitrenko in the middle.
“I’ve been waiting for this all my life, I’ve been training so hard since my last fight against Alexander Dimitrenko,” Ruiz said on-stage at the concert hall in Manhattan’s upper west side. “This came at a perfect time to fight Anthony Joshua. Those belts look really shiny, look really good! I’m ready, I’m ready for June 1, I’m ready to become the first Mexican Heavyweight champion of the world. Ready to bring those belts back to Mexico, although they have never been to Mexico, but they will be on June 1.”
I have nothing bad to say about Anthony Joshua, he’s a champion, I’m a fan of him, I respect him, but inside the ring there won’t be any respect, no friends, and no fans. I’ll I can say is tune-in on June 1, it’s going to be a hell of fight, I’m going to give it all I got, and we’re going to win this for Mexico!”
Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. are set to face off inside Madison Square Garden on June 1st, with the prelim card beginning at 5:30 pm ET on DAZN.