Joshua vs. Ruiz weigh-in: Live results, stream to watch weigh-ins for Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr., fight card, American boxing fans are just days a way from getting to see one of the world’s best boxers fight on U.S. soil.
Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and his WBA (Super), IBF and WBO championship belts are up for grabs against Andy Ruiz Jr. when the fighters make their Madison Square Garden debuts on Saturday, June 1, a fight live and exclusively on DAZN.
Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) enters the ring for the first time in nearly nine months after defeating Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 22 by way of a seventh round TKO. The victory restarted Joshua’s knockout streak that was ended in his unanimous decision win over Joseph Parker in March 2018, the only bout of Joshua’s professional career to go to the judges’ cards.
Ruiz (32-1, 21 KOs) is taking the fight on short notice after Jarrell Miller failed multiple drug tests and had his name removed from the card in April. “The Destroyer” brings over 140 amateur and professional bout experience to the ring and has the opportunity to be the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent. His only professional loss came in 2016 to parker.
You can watch a free live feed of weigh-ins for Joshua and Ruiz and the full undercard below when the video becomes available shortly before the event.
The Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view methods. Fans in the United States can sign up to watch the fight on DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service that has signed exclusive deals with fighters such as Joshua, Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin.
The undercard for the event is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. ET. Joshua and Ruiz should enter the ring roughly around midnight.
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Joshua’s US bow on 1 June sees him face America-born Andy Ruiz Jr at New York’s Madison Square Garden, a “bucket list” venue according to BBC Sport boxing correspondent Mike Costello.
The contest, for the IBF, WBA and WBO world titles, will take place at around 03:00 BST on Sunday, 2 June.
Costello, who will call the action from ringside, added: “There are hallowed arenas across all sports that bring an extra dimension to a commentator’s excitement and Madison Square Garden, especially for a world heavyweight title fight, belongs high on the bucket list.”
Joshua’s bout will be one of three commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live, following Callum Smith’s defence of his WBA world super-middleweight title against Hassan N’Dam and Katie Taylor’s lightweight showdown with Delfine Persoon, where all four women’s world titles are on the line.
Throughout the week, 5 Live’s boxing podcast with Costello and Steve Bunce will deliver fresh editions on Monday, after the midweek main event news conference, following Friday’s weigh-in and on Sunday morning in the hours after the bout.
The BBC Sport website will provide updates throughout the week, as well as a live text commentary in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Joshua has not been in action since his impressive win last September over Alexander Povetkin, where he took his record to 22 wins from 22 fights, including 21 knockouts.
Ruiz stepped up for the bout when it was announced Joshua’s original opponent Jarrell Miller failed drugs tests in April.
Ruiz, who has one loss in 33 fights, has said Joshua “fights like a big robot” in the build-up, while Joshua has labelled his opponent “a great challenger”.
Ben Gallop, head of BBC Radio and Digital Sport, said: “Anthony Joshua is one of the most iconic British sportsmen of his generation and his first fight in the USA is an event not to be missed. I’m delighted we’re able to bring our listeners exclusive commentary of the bout on BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website following the conclusion of the all-English Champions League final, making for an unmissable night of sport on 5 Live this Saturday.