Both Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) and Andy Ruiz (32-1, 21 KOs) kicked off their final week before there fight with a media day workout, which took place at Brookfield Place, in Manhattan located in New York City.
For Ruiz, he will have the toughest challenge of his career, as he will be looking to become the first Heavyweight champion from Mexico. This opportunity means everything to Ruiz, as he made it clear that he is determined to get the job done.
“To be the first Mexican Heavyweight champion ever would mean a lot to me,” said Ruiz after he completed his media day workout. “That’s the reason why I’m training so hard and why I’m giving everything I have to win this fight. I know I have what it takes. I’m going to go down in history.”
Joshua has long been considered the best Heavyweight champion. The criticism he has always heard is that he refuses to defend his titles in America. He has officially put those critics to bed as he is fighting for the first time in the United States. His bout against Ruiz will take place at the famed Madison Square Garden on June 1, 2019.
On paper this seems to be a contest that Joshua should win. Be that as it may, a win isn’t good enough for the current unified Heavyweight champion.
“I have to make a statement,” Joshua. “It’s my first fight in the US so I have to make a statement.”
That statement is exactly what current WBC Heavyweight belt holder Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) pulled off in his last contest as he destroyed Dominic Breazeale within one round.
The stage is now set for Joshua to deliver on his own eye-catching performance.
Ruiz hears all the talk, but isn’t fazed in the slightest.
“I know a lot of people are counting me out but that doesn’t bother me,” said Ruiz. “Come June 1st, I will become the Heavyweight champion of the world.”