After recent speculation of who Joshua would be fighting next it has officially been announced by Joshua’s Promoter Eddie Hearn that Joshua will make his US debut against Andy Ruiz Jr
Who is Andy Ruiz Jr
Andy Ruiz Jr. is an American professional boxer who has challenged once for the WBO heavyweight title in 2016. His record currently stands at 31 wins with 20 of those coming by way of Knockout. His one loss was against New Zealander Joseph Parker who Joshua beat on Points.
How do they Compare?
Anthony Joshua stands at 6 feet 6 inches with Ruiz Jr standing at 6 feet 2 inches , therefore Ruiz will be at a substantial reach disadvantage. However Ruiz currently weighs in at 262lbs which is 17lbs heavier than Joshua was in his last fight. Joshua is currently unbeaten in his 22 fight career with Ruiz only having lost once in his 32 fight career
What’s in it for Ruiz Jr
Ruiz Jr has possibly the fight of his career and the biggest opportunity anyone could ever earn or his case be offered. He has a chance to make an absolute fortune from this fight due to the high commerciality of Anthony Joshua and the lucrative US venue for his fight. Not only that but he has a chance to pull off a major upset and become a 3 belt World Champion
What’s in it for Joshua
Anthony Joshua has once again pulled the wall over his fans eyes by saying he wants a big opponent , when in reality he’s once again dodged Tyson Fury , Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte. The fight everyone wants to see will not happen due to Joshua seemingly uninterested in fighting a big opponent but his Promoter Eddie Hearn only interested in the money that can be made.
Who’s next for Joshua
All boxing fans around the world will hope for a big name like Fury or Wilder , however expect to be disappointed when he fights a mandatory challenger . With Joshua wanting to Unify the division but his promoter Eddie Hearn more focussed on the money its hard to imagine a positive outcome for boxing fans around the world.