- Joshua faces a worthy challenger in Ruiz Jr.
- Ruiz Jr. is committed to taking Joshua out
- Drake’s banned from Anthony’s locker room
Anthony Joshua is finally coming to the U.S. and he will face Andy Ruiz Jr. in his first match. Hopes were that Joshua will have a fight against Big Daddy, but plans have changed. Ruiz Jr. will have the uneasy task of taking on the unified world heavyweight champion.
Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr. – Predictions
Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is set to fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 1, 2019, facing Andy Ruiz Jr. With Joshua fighting mostly at home and throughout Europe, the shift towards the United States opens multiple career opportunities for the 29-year-old.
Joshua holds all three titles, including the IBF, WBA and WBO. To keep them, he will have to defeat Andy Ruiz Jr. Ruiz Jr. is given poor chances at winning. With 33 fights to his name and only one loss, he is a formidable enemy.
Joshua has fewer fights to his name, that is true, but 21 out of his 22 victories are by KO. he still hasn’t faced Deontay Wilder who will definitely be one of the tougher nuts to crack later on, not least because of his way of his recent statements that killing someone on the ring was more or less perfectly normal. Wilder K.O.’d Dominic Breazeale in the first round.
Anthony doesn’t have to meet with Wilder right now. His match against “Big Daddy” was also dropped to now face Ruiz Jr., who can yet surprise everyone.
Can Ruiz Jr. take out Joshua?
Analysts don’t expect Joshua to lose to Jr. Jr. is somewhat heavier than Big Daddy and he is slightly slower. Yet, he plays well on the defensive and throws punches when an opportunity presents itself. Though knocking out Joshua would be almost certainly impossible, Ruiz can stretch the fight in the fifth round and beyond easily.
In terms of stamina, both fighters have had their matches stretch way into the later rounds. Ruiz has drawn as many defeats by KO as has Joshua. Tied at 21, they both have powerful punches. The two fighters also have varying opinions of each other.
According to Ruiz Jr., Joshua fights like “a big robot”, whereas Anthony believes that his opponent is a “great challenger.” Joshua is not just representing himself. He is one of he greatest athletes the United Kingdom has produced and the June 1 fight is unmissable.
The Drake Course
Rapper Drake has been banned from Joshua’s locker room before the fight. Drake has been known to be all over the place, dropping on the likes of Conor McGregor and Neymar. The rapper was recently embroiled in an NBA spat with him sneering at a Milwaukee Bucks’ player in their game versus the Toronto Raptors.