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Anthony Joshua next fight: When will AJ return to the ring? Who is he facing? Where is the bout?
The world heavyweight champion hasn’t fought since September’s win over Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua will put his world heavyweight titles on the line again next month and his next opponent has been confirmed.
AJ took his record to an unbeaten 22 victories with a seventh-round TKO win over Russia’s Alexander Povetkin last September.
Joshua was scheduled to defend his IBF, WBO, and IBO titles at Wembley Stadium on April 13.
But that date was scrapped following a failure to agree terms with his top three choice opponents; Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte.
Joshua then agreed to take on Jarrell Miller in New York in June but that fight had to cancelled after the American failed a drugs test.
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The ongoing issues in confirming Joshua’s next bout were hit again with ‘Big Baby’ Miller failing two drug tests and admitting he ‘made a bad call’ and ‘messed up’.
The fight was set to take place on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
But with Miller out, the Joshua camp had to look for another opponent and that has now been confirmed as Andy Ruiz Jr.
The fight will take place on the same date and at the same venue as originally planned.
“Ruiz is a different kind of challenge but one I embrace’” said Joshua.
“We have worked in the boxing gym week on week and whomever is put in front of me at Madison Square Garden on June 1 will be dispatched in style. The rent will be collected.”
“The chills – I’m really excited for this fight,” said Ruiz. “There’s nervousness in me, but they’re happy nerves.
“This is my chance to make history, I want to be one of those greats like Chavez, Tyson, Holyfield, Lennox Lewis. I want to be in that category.
“I think being so tall he fights like a big robot. I think with my style, my speed, my movement, I don’t think he’s fought anybody like me.