Ruiz Emerges As Front-Runner For Joshua Fight

The week started with six names on Eddie Hearn’s shortlist, walking into Thursday it is now four.

Andy Ruiz, who fought as recently as April 20th is among the names on Hearn’s list to replace Jarrell Miller on June 1st against Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden.

Ruiz made his debut under the PBC banner in that fight, knocking out Alexander Dimitrenko in the fifth round during the PBC on FOX broadcast from Dignity Health Sports Park.

“I think Anthony Joshua (is next),” Ruiz (32-1, 21KOs) said to Kate Abdo on Inside PBC Boxing. “We’re in negotiations right now and hopefully they pick me. I have had a phone call (with Hearn). They’re talking to my team, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.”

“I want it right now,” Ruiz stated of the chance to face Joshua. “I just got done fighting. A month more, I will be more sharp, more fit. I’ll be ready for that fight.”

“I’d say Andy Ruiz is one of probably four guys who are frontrunners to land the fight,” Hearn said to reporters on Wednesday in Los Angeles. “At this point, it’s about who wants it first.”

While Luis Ortiz turned down an initial offer of $5 million to face Joshua for the unified world  title, the Cuban southpaw is still in the mix for June 1st, along with Michael Hunter and Don King represented Trevor Bryan.

Even with “fresher” opposition available, Ruiz feels that if he gets the fight and cuts a bit more weight, his luggage will be a bit heavier on June 2nd.

“My goal is to be at 245, get some muscle, improve my speed,” insists Ruiz. “If I’m at 245, I don’t think there’s anyone who can match me.”

Report: Boxing Scene

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