Andy Ruiz Jr is set to be named as the new opponent to face Anthony Joshua opponent after Jarell Miller got disqualified for failing drug test.
Jarrell Miller was scheduled for the bout at Madison Square Garden in New York but the American failed drug tests thrice. The promoter has now opted for Andy Ruiz as replacement.
29-year old Ruiz who hails from California has fought for a world title once before and is likely to be confirmed as Joshua’s opponent for his US debut on Tuesday.
Promoter Eddie Hearn says Ruiz will…
“do anything” to become world champion.
“He will entertain you, give it his all. Even if it means getting sensationally knocked out, he will rather do that than not do it,” Hearn told Fighthype.com.
“I couldn’t afford a guy who I thought may not be good enough or game enough to entertain the fans. I had to pick a guy in my heart who I thought will do everything to become world heavyweight champion at the Garden.”
Report say Ruiz has agreed to terms and that only a small detail.remains for the deal to be finalized.
Ruiz weighted 262lbs when he beat Germany’s Alexander Dimitrenko on 20 April. The weight is 17lbs heavier than Joshua in his last win over Alexander Povetkin in September. He’s however shorter than Anthony Joshua at 6ft 2in.