Anthony Joshua next fight: Eddie Hearn reveals updated six-man shortlist; Andy Ruiz Jr joins the race


Anthony Joshua next fight: Eddie Hearn reveals updated six-man shortlist; Andy Ruiz Jr joins the race

Anthony Joshua now has an updated shortlist of six potential replacement opponents for his next fight on June 1, according to Eddie Hearn.

The unified heavyweight titlist was due to defend against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden in New York, but must now find a new opponent after the American failed three drugs tests.

Anthony Joshua was planning to make his US debut against Jarrell Miller on June 1 in New York

Following his win over Alexander Dimitrenko on Saturday night, Andy Ruiz Jr put himself forward for the task and has indicated that he’s deep in negotiations by calling on AJ to “sign your portion” of the deal.

Promoter Hearn confirmed to ESPN that Ruiz Jr had entered the running, along with Luis Ortiz, Michael Hunter and Manuel Charr, with Trevor Bryan and Agit Kabayel as last resorts.

While he may not look in the greatest of shape, Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr (32-1) is a capable boxer whose sole loss came by razor thin majority decision against Joseph Parker in 2016.

Anthony Joshua’s Six-Man Shortlist

  1. Andy Ruiz Jr, age 29 (32-1, 21 KOs)
  2. Luis Ortiz, age 40 (31-1, 26 KOs)
  3. Michael Hunter, age 30 (16-1, 11 KOs)
  4. Manuel Charr, age 34 (31-4, 17 KOs)
  5. Agit Kabayel, age 26 (19-0, 13 KOs)
  6. Trevor Bryan, age 29 (20-0, 14 KOs)

Meanwhile Cuba’s Luis Ortiz (31-1), who has only lost to Deontay Wilder, and America’s Michael Hunter (16-1), who has only lost to Oleksandr Usyk, are the other top options.

Ruiz Jr wrote on social media: “Anthony Joshua, I’m your opponent for June 1.

“I’m here I’m ready. Sign your portion. It’s been a long time coming. We shoulda met few years ago when I fought for the WBO belt.

Andy Ruiz Jr has only lost to Joseph Parker

“Styles make fights, I know my style is one that you haven’t met before. That WBO belt is actually mine because the whole world knows I beat Parker for it in New Zealand.

“I’ve been waiting a long time to get these straps from you. You can hold them for me until June 1.

“To anybody counting me out already get in line I’ve been counted out since I first started fighting. Nothing is stopping me now.”


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