Anthony Joshua will defend his unified heavyweight world titles against Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1 in New York, it was officially announced today.

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” Anthony Joshua will defend his unified heavyweight world titles against Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1 in New York, it was officially announced today. The Brit was initially scheduled to face Jarrell Miller on this date, however that bout was cancelled as the American failed three drugs tests and was denied a licence.

3 Anthony Joshua is WBA, IBF & WBO heavyweight champion Subsequently, Mexican-American Ruiz Jr accepted the opportunity to step up in class and take Miller’s place on the big stage. At 29 years of age, Ruiz Jr is 32-1 (21 KOs) and has put together a run of wins since suffering his sole defeat to former heavyweight champion Joseph Paker in 2016.

The vacant WBO title fight against Parker in New Zealand was an incredibly close affair, settled by majority decision. 3 Andy Ruiz Jr has only lost to Joseph Parker Ruiz Jr took a year off after the bout, but returned with wins over Devin Vargas and Kevin Johnson in 2018, and most recently stopped Alexander Dimitrenko last weekend.

Following this latest victory, he called out Anthony Joshua and did enough to convince promoter Eddie Hearn he was the man for the job. “The chills – I’m really excited for this fight,” said Ruiz. “There’s nervousness in me, but they’re happy nerves. LATEST BOXING NEWS ‘JOKE’ Whyte says Fury ‘should be ashamed’ after knocking out Schwarz in two rounds STATEMENT Tyson Fury scores vicious second-round TKO of Schwarz, promises Wilder rematch fight night Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz: Brit wins by TKO in the second round AMERICAN DREAM Tyson Fury enjoys spectacular US-themed ring walk before fight DISPUTE Billy Joe Saunders reacts angrily as Josh Warrington beats Kid Galahad on points CONTROVERSY Breidis wins crazy, chaotic brawl in Latvia as he elbows opponent before KO FIRE FIGHTS Fury returns, Warrington defends his title and cruiserweight carnage in Latvia ICED Cuban ‘KO Doctor’ renders opponent unconscious with one huge shot to reach WBSS final HAD TO HURT JJ Metcalf KOs Jason Welborn with sickening body shot INSIGHT Who is Tom Schwarz?

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I think with my style, my speed, my movement, I don’t think he’s fought anybody like me. “When I do pull out this win, everything is going to change. I’m going to bring the titles back to Mexico, it’s going to mean everything. “I’m going to be able to change my whole family’s lives; my life and all my kids.

It’s a win-win situation right now, but the main thing is to win the fight and make history.” GETTY 3 Anthony Joshua will now face Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1 “Ruiz is a different kind of challenge but one I embrace’” said Joshua. “We have worked in the boxing gym week on week and whomever is put in front of me at Madison Square Garden on June 1 will be dispatched in style. The rent will be collected.” ” ” Graeme Souness believes Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah could have their heads turned if Real Madrid or Barcelona try to sign them.

The pair have been unstoppable for Liverpool this season as they shared the Premier League Golden Boot, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Getty 1 Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored 53 goals between them last season /**/ /**/ Fans go wild as Liverpool celebrate their Champions League victory with bus parade They were also instrumental in Jurgen Klopp’s attacking front three as they claimed the Champions League trophy.

Salah scored 27 goals last season, including a penalty in the final against Tottenham, while Mane hit the net 26 times. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL latest Arsenal transfer news live: Top target ‘not for sale’, Ziyech to cost just ?30m latest Man United target Dutch defender, Spurs to sell Rose and sign Sessegnon gossip Liverpool news live: Salah ‘rejects ?150million exit’, Ajax set Ziyech price gossip Man United news live: Dutch ace wanted as new right-back, West Ham star on radar Sorry ‘F*** Cov’ – Coventry defender Hickman apologises for ‘disgraceful’ comments Spanish expedition Rating the 23 players to move from the Premier League to Real Madrid where are they now?

Remembering England’s U21 players who finished bottom of group in 2015 We are not unhappy with Conte’s training methods – Cesc Fabregas It would not be surprising if teams try and tempt them away from Anfield in the summer with both Madrid and Barcelona looking to make changes. Souness fears that one, or both, of them could be targeted during the transfer window.

The Reds have previously seen star players Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho sold to Barcelona in recent years. LIVE ON talkSPORT talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2…

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