Ruiz Promises He Will Surprise Joshua

Andy Ruiz will have the opportunity to pull off a stunner and become the first Mexican heavyweight champion of boxing when he takes on unified champion Anthony Joshua at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1.

Ruiz is a late fill-in for Jarrell Miller, who was not licensed to fight after failing three pre-fight drug tests. Ruiz is 32-1 with 21 knockouts, with his sole loss being a majority decision to Joseph Parker in December 2016. That fight was for the WBO Heavyweight Title, which had been vacated by Tyson Fury months earlier.

Ruiz fought very recently, scoring a fifth-round TKO of Alexander Dimitrenko on April 20.

“I am very motivated, happy that they chose me to fight for the championships and we are ready,” Ruiz told ESPN Deportes. “We are prepared and the only thing I have to do is continue training and running until the fight.”

Joshua will be the heavy favorite due to comparisons of skill, as well as the late-notice nature of the fight. Some feel this will set Joshua, who will be making his U.S. debut, possibly up for a bigger challenge, and possibly an undisputed title fight with WBC champ Deontay Wilder.

Ruiz says he knows the odds are against him, but he plans on shocking everyone, including Joshua, with his abilities. He adds that he hopes the Mexican community will be rallying behind him.

When we hit the ring, he’s going to be surprised, that this chubby is as fast as he is, because it’s different to watch it on television than to be inside the ring, I’m not afraid of anyone, I know he’s big, but it does not give me fear. I’m coming to fight and make history.

“I hope they are supporting me,” Ruiz said. “There are many who say that because I do not speak Spanish very well, they do not follow me — but if I take the belts they will all be on my side, and thank God I have this opportunity to make history.

“I will achieve the dreams I had since I was little, on June 1 we will make history.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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