Now that Anthony Joshua has an opponent for June 1st, he has one thing on his mind… Dropping Andy Ruiz Jr to the canvas inside Madison Square Garden.
“Ruiz, I’m going to have to break him down,” Joshua told Sky Sports News. “He’s technically gifted. He’s smarter than (original opponent Jarrell) Miller, same frame.”
“Not as high punch output, but he’s more selective with his shots, so the shots he does throw are a bit more selective and he punches with intent to knock you out,” Joshua continued on Wednesday.
“The ideal thing would have been like Wilder or Fury there, at Wembley or MSG, iconic, but we’re building to that and for now this is my US debut against Andy Ruiz, a Mexican fighter who can fight.”
“Every style and every fight is different, so a good win and a spectacular knockout is important, however, the main objective is to get the win, and move forward to that mega fight,” said Joshua.
“Styles make fights and fighters bring out different things in fighters. I’m not too sure what Ruiz will bring out, but my main objective is to win. That’s all that matters at the minute, then I can move on to making that.”
In the mean time, Joshua broke down the film of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury’s draw from December of last year, and would love for the chance to take either man on.
“I was actually watching Fury and Wilder fight this morning and it’s a fight I would love to take on,” said Joshua. “The longer they leave it, the worse it gets, because the more I’m learning and the more confident I’m getting.”
“Same era, same time, same division, same goals. It has to happen. In every era, every champion, every challenger has fought each other. Our era, our time, there’s enough on the plate. It’s a global event now.”
“It’s time to pick a venue. We had it. Pick a date. We had it. Finances aside and get it on, because it’s a great time for it.”
Report: Sky Sports