HEAVYWEIGHT world champion Anthony Joshua returns to defend his crown this weekend.
The unified superstar of the division is gearing up for his first US bout as he faces Andy Ruiz Jr at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Joshua was last in the ring back in September, when he survived an early scare to beat Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium and extend his pro record to 22-0.
Here he meets Ruiz, known as ‘The Destroyer’, who has challenged for a world title before but came up short against Joseph Parker in 2016.
The American stepped in at the last minute after initial opponent Jarrell Miller was forced to serve a drugs ban.
When is Joshua vs Ruiz Jr?
THIS world title bout will be held on Saturday, June 1.
Madison Square Garden is set play host to a packed evening of boxing entertainment.
AJ’s ring-walk is expected around 4am UK time.
Tale of the tape
Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
A PAY-PER-VIEW event in the UK, the fight will be shown on Sky Sports Box Office.
It will cost £19.95 to buy, with coverage starting at 10pm UK time.
You can book the fight through your Sky remote or by heading to the official website.
Whilst the entire evening can also be streamed by using the NOW TV service – buy access HERE.
Here at SunSport we’ll be running a dedicated LIVE BLOG throughout the night to make sure you miss none of the action.
Who is fighting on the undercard?
- Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr (IBF, IBO, WBA Super, WBO heavyweight)
- Callum Smith vs Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (WBA super, WBC diamond super middleweight)
- Chris Algieri vs Tommy Coyle (WBO international super lightweight)
- Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon (IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO female lightweight)
- Josh Kelly vs Ray Robinson (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)
What they said
Anthony Joshua: “It’s not about what you look like, it’s a craft, a skill, and what’s in your heart and your head matters in the end.
“Andy has shown he has all that, he can fight and box, that’s what matters. I think Andy is a great challenger and will bring it on June 1.
“All I’ve heard is ‘AJ will smash him in a round’. From the outside they think that anyone can box, so how is the guy that doesn’t look like a fighter able to box? I always say that if you put ten bodybuilders in the ring, not one of them could fight for a regional title in boxing.”
Andy Ruiz Jr: “There’s a lot of doubters, there’s a lot of haters out there. But I tell everybody, do not judge a book by its cover.
“I love that people underestimate me, because when I get in the ring I surprise them, I amaze them, so they’re like, ‘Whoa, man, look at this chubby kid go!’”
Eddie Hearn: “[Now that Wilder has won], AJ needs to do the same against Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on June 1.
“The fight with AJ and Wilder is the biggest fight in the sport and all being well in two weeks’ time it must happen next – no excuses, this is the fight that will change the sport globally.
What are the odds?
Anthony Joshua to win: 1/18
Andy Ruiz Jr to win: 10/1