WHO is Andy Ruiz and why is he fighting Anthony Joshua? The Californian at six foot two is diminutive in the current era of vast heavyweights and when you consider his portly appearance he offers a stark contrast to the heavily muscled Joshua, the unified WBO, WBA and IBF champion.
But fortune seemingly favours the brave, or at least Andy Ruiz.
Joshua was in need of a new challenger for his June 1 fight at Madison Square Garden after his original opponent Jarrell Miller failed multiple drug tests. Talks were opened with Luis Ortiz, but the Cuban’s team didn’t pursue the offer. The fight will be screened on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK but given that fight would be still be staged in the US and broadcast in prime time on DAZN, an American opponent was sought out. While Michael Hunter was a name in the running, of those who made themselves available at comparatively short notice Ruiz has got the nod.