Anthony Joshua and Ruiz Jr go toe-to-toe at Madison Square for the former’s heavyweight titles.
‘AJ’ was originally scheduled to face Jarrell Miller but the American failed three separate drug tests in the lead up to the bout.
Promoter Eddie Hearn was left to scramble for a new opponent and settled on Ruiz.
Plenty, however, have discredited Ruiz Jr as a pushover opponent who won’t pose Joshua problems because of the Mexican’s rotund physique.
And in the lead up to the new fight, Ruiz Jr has continuously made an effort to speak about Joshua’s chiselled physique instead, noting that it wouldn’t mean a thing on fight night.
“He’s a champion of the world,” Ruiz Jr told Sky Sports.
“There’s nothing that I can say bad about him, besides that he’s big but you know what, I’m big too and it doesn’t really [matter] how big you are in this game. I’m a big fighter, a combination fighter, so I’m here to win.
“A lot of people underestimate me, like I said, the way that I look, my appearance, but as soon as they see me throw punches.
“I’m going to pull out the upset and June 1 tune in, two big heavyweights bashing their face up, and that’s the main thing.
“Anthony, don’t underestimate this little fat boy. I’m coming for you, just tune in man, you’re going down.”
If Ruiz can pull off the upset in New York in four weeks time, he will become the first ever heavyweight champion to hail from Mexico.
“It means a lot. This is my opportunity, my second chance to make history, become the first Mexican heavyweight champion,” he added.
“I’ve been training really hard, we haven’t stopped training. The main thing is to stay focused and stick to the game plan and get that win on June 1.
“It’s kind of overwhelming, everything that happened really fast, but I’m still excited, really happy, really blessed.
“Contacting Eddie Hearn to make the fight, I think I was pressuring him a little bit, but we got the fight done. This is what I wanted and I’m happy that we’re here.”
Joshua can extend his record to 23-0 should he come out victorious on his American debut against Ruiz Jr.
Published at Sun, 05 May 2019 15:57:00 +0000