Anthony Joshua is in for a south of the border surprise come Saturday night … because his opponent, Andy Ruiz, says he’s gonna put DEM FREAKIN’ HANDS ON AJ, all for the pride of Mexico.
Ruiz was a late add to the fight following Jarrell Miller’s positive drug test, so most people aren’t giving the new challenger too much of a shot against the undefeated heavyweight king Joshua.
We spoke to Ruiz and he told TMZ he knows he’s being taken lightly, and that’s his biggest weapon.
“Anthony Joshua, I’m pretty sure he’s underestimating me, man. I’ve been working really hard for this opportunity, now that I have it, I can’t let it go.”
There’s another reason Andy says he won’t and can’t lose this fight … because he’s doing it for the people of Mexico!
“There’s never been a Mexican heavyweight champion. That’s what we’re gonna accomplish. I wanna be a legend, I wanna be in the world books of records. That’s what we’re gonna do, baby, bring the titles back to Mexico.”
Before you scoff too hard, Ruiz is 33-1 with his only defeat coming in a title shot against Joseph Parker back in 2016, so he’s no slouch.
Keep your hands up, AJ … viva la raza, Andy.
Unbeaten Joshua is an overwhelming favourite to beat his stand-in opponent
Anthony Joshua was confirmed to face Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1st at Madison Square Garden and the Watford-born world champ is just 1/16 to rack up his 23rd win as a professional.
Considering that Joshua was 1/6 to beat Jarrell Miller, bookies think that Ruiz presents an easier challenge than the New Yorker, despite the 29-year-old winning 32 of his 33 fights, 21 by KO.
Ruiz Jr’s sole loss was to Joseph Parker, who is the only person to have taken AJ the distance in his pro career. He is 12/1 to cause an upset, with the draw available at 33/1.
Joshua is currently backed by 61% of total bets, with 38% of the money going on Ruiz Jr. The challenger has said that he wants to ‘shock the world’ by beating Eddie Hearn’s golden boy, but bookies think he has less of a chance than Carlos Takam and Alexander Povetkin, both of whom went off at shorter odds in their respective fights.
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: ” Joshua’s odds suggest it will be another easy victory for the English fighter, with bookies and punters alike giving Ruiz Jr little chance against.
There remains some doubt about Joshua’s chin, so with 21 KOs from 32 wins, he will be keen to finish the fight before he is hit by the powerful challenger. Joshua is 16/1 to end it in the first round.”
Anthony Joshua speaks exclusively to Sky Sports following the announcement that he will face Andy Ruiz Jr as he makes his US debut on June 1.