Joshua takes on potential banana skin Ruiz Jr in his stateside debut next Saturday at Madison Square Garden.The fight will be Joshua’s second on online streaming service DAZN in a bid to grow his profile in America.Hearn is eyeing the Wilder match-up in his chief client’s next fight but has told AJ to not even think about the historic clash before he has come through Ruiz Jr, who was drafted in six weeks ago following Jarrell Miller’s failed drugs tests.
The Mexican heavyweight comes with an array of skills which are belied by his rotund figure, and Hearn laid out his worries to DAZN one week out from the fight. Related articles
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“Because you look at the smaller guys he’s fought - Takam, Povetkin - he’s struggled a little against that style.“Ruiz is a lot quicker than both of those guys. He probably doesn’t punch as hard as Povetkin, but he’s got pop.“What I like about Andy Ruiz is, I don’t think he even the opportunity that’s in front of him right now.
He’s just going to have fun.“He’s going to let his hands go, he’s going to try a Mike Tyson style; get on the inside, work Joshua’s body, let the big hook go over the top.
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Joshua’s got to be on this. Everybody’s talking about Deontay Wilder, the undisputed fight, ‘when’s it happening?’“Worry about Andy Ruiz. He is a problem next Saturday. You take your eye off the ball in this heavyweight game, like that (he clicks) it’s over, and we can forget about those fights.
”Wilder was offered a three-fight, £100million deal from DAZN this year which guaranteed two fights against Joshua but the Alabama pugilist turned it down.There are reports he will next face Luis Ortiz, who he beat in March 2018, postponing a potential undisputed bout with Joshua until next year.
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.As a result, Hearn feels the Brit needs to respond: “The pressure is on Joshua,” he added.“We saw a great performance from.....