Anthony Joshua’s professional heavyweight career began on 5 October 2013 when the Brit knocked out Emanuele Leo and the Londoner hasn’t looked back since.

The 2012 Olympic gold medal winner has since beaten a succession of opponents on home soil and now leaves the United Kingdom for the first time when he clashes with Andy Ruiz Jnr at Madison Square Garden.

The fight in New York will see AJ put his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts on the line against a fighter who has an impressive track record of his own, with Ruiz having been beaten just once in his professional career.

Ruiz 10/1 Outsider to Shock Joshua

The 29-year-old is known as The Destroyer and he’s going to land a bumper pay day for fighting Joshua, with Ruiz having previously fought Joseph Parker for the vacant WBO belt which saw the American Mexican lose on a majority decision in December 2016.

The bookmakers don’t rate his chances too highly for the bout on Saturday 1 June, with bet365 going 10/1 about a fighter who will be out to become the first boxer to defeat AJ in the ring.

Ruiz Jnr has been full of trash talk leading up to the fight and claims his opponent is a “robot”, with the outsider claiming he’s going to make history in front of a crowd who might largely be supporting the underdog.

"There's nervousness in me, but they're happy nerves," said Ruiz. "This is my chance to make history.

"I think the fight is going toe-to-toe, two guys smashing each other's faces. I'm going in there to throw combinations like I've never done before, to improve my speed.

"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. It's going to be a whole different ball game. I'm going to bring the pressure, the speed, and the combinations to him.

"When I do pull out this win, everything is going to change. I'm going to bring the titles back to Mexico, it's going to mean everything. I'm going to be able to change my whole family's lives; my life and all my kids."

Joshua Confident of Maiden US Victory

Anthony Joshua has enjoyed a brilliant boxing career to date and it’s hard to see him being toppled in this fight, something that’s reflected in the quote of 1/25 about the British fighter.

While the Watford-born fighter won’t take his opponent lightly, this bout will be seen as a potential pre-cursor to a clash with Deontay Wilder, the holder of the other heavyweight belt and that particular fight could be one of the most-watched boxing events in history.

It is clear that AJ is conscious of the need to entertain an American audience who will be watching Joshua for the first time, with the British fighter having earned the reputation for getting the job done without actually being particularly flamboyant.

Aside from the breathtaking victory against Wladimir Klitschko which saw both fighters hit the canvas along the way, there hasn’t been a huge amount of excitement from AJ’s fights although that could be set to change.

You can get odds of 1/4 that Joshua wins by KO, TKO or disqualification, while a decision or technical decision is priced at 7/2 which might be good betting odds considering that Ruiz is likely to put up a stubborn resistance.


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