Joshua Fight: Anthony Joshua was a stone and a half lighter than his rival Andy Ruiz Jr. at the weigh-in before their heavyweight title fight. The IBF, WBA and WBO.
British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, defends his (many) championship belts against Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. (AP Photo | Julio Cortez)
Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz, an IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO world heavyweight championship bout, takes place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 (5/1/19) at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
The event starts with the preliminary fights at 5 p.m. EDT and extend through to the main card, which commences at 11 p.m. EDT. Fans can watch the entire event on DAZN.
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Here’s what you need to know:
What: Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz,
When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Where: Madison Square Garden
Main Event Time: 11 p.m. EDT
Prelims Time: 5 p.m EDT
Live stream: DAZN
Main Event Odds: Joshua -4000, Ruiz +1200
Tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek.
Below is the entire line-up for Saturday night’s event at Madison Square Garden, with odds on fights provided by FanDuel:
Anthony Joshua (-4000) vs Andy Ruiz Jr (+1200) (IBF, IBO, WBA Super, WBO heavyweight)
Callum Smith (-5000) vs Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (+1500) (WBA super, WBC diamond super middleweight)
Chris Algieri vs Tommy Coyle (WBO international super lightweight)
Katie Taylor (-2500) vs Delfine Persoon (+900) (IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO female lightweight)
Josh Kelly (-800) vs Ray Robinson (+410) (WBA international welterweight)
Joshua Buatsi vs Marco Antonio Periban (light heavyweight)
Souleymane Cissokho vs Vladimir Hernandez (middleweight)
Diego Pachecho vs Jared Chauvin (middleweight)
Austin Williams vs Quadeer Jenkins (middleweight)
Here’s the fight preview from the Associated Press:
In front of Anthony Joshua for his U.S. debut will be Andy Ruiz Jr.
On Joshua’s mind will be more than the defense of his four heavyweight titles Saturday night.
As honest as he is undefeated, Joshua says the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and a few other potential opponents aren’t far from his thoughts. It’s a dangerous game to be playing if his total focus isn’t on the upcoming opponent at Madison Square Garden, even if Ruiz is a 30-1 underdog.
“I said I want to meet Wilder, chat with him, and the next day he announces a fight with no date or venue attached to it. I still say there is hope, but I think the next person I want then is Fury.”
Wilder, owner of the WBC crown, apparently has decided to give Luis Ortiz a rematch. Ortiz battered Wilder for parts of their fight in early 2018 before running out of gas and getting knocked out.
Fury vs. Wilder in an all-British bout could bring a huge purse in the United Kingdom.
“The possibilities are still in there for the (other champions) to fight,” Joshua said.
Ah, but there’s this little annoyance for WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Joshua: Ruiz.
“I am fighting good fighters,” Joshua said of his 22-0 mark, 21 by knockouts. He wouldn’t give Wilder that much credit.
“I’m still taking risks. I’d rather take the risk with someone who brings a massive reward. But beating Ruiz is fine.”
Joshua originally was scheduled to face Jarrell Miller, but the trash-talking New Yorker failed drug tests. It doesn’t seem that Joshua has worked up the enmity for Ruiz that he carried for Miller — their news conference announcing the fight was a mud-slinging festival.
The champion also can’t seem to keep his focus on Ruiz (32-1, 21 KOs). He vows he will put on a good show for the Garden crowd and the streaming audience on DAZN. Then, he will chase bigger headlines.
“It’s not about Wilder,” Joshua said. “It’s about what I can achieve. I’m still after a fight for the undisputed heavyweight title. We’ve been pointing there for years. Wilder’s a good name in general. It’s not about Joshua vs. Wilder. It’s about the undisputed heavyweight title. That means a lot to me.”
Any portion of the title would mean the world to Ruiz. He fought for the WBO version and lost to Joseph Parker on a very close decision. Wilder now owns that crown.
“I am blessed,” Ruiz said. “I have nothing bad to say about him. He’s a good fighter. Hopefully, I can get the knockout. If not, being busy and using my hands and getting the combinations and I win by decision.”
Considering only Parker has gone the distance with Joshua, and Ruiz tested Parker bigtime, maybe the American will provide a challenge