Andy Ruiz Jr. has ‘agreed terms’ to fight Anthony Joshua on June 1 in New York.
Joshua’s debut in the United States hit a speedbump after Jarrell Miller lost his licence after testing positive for banned drugs.
But now, it seems Ruiz Jr. has stepped up to the plate.
That’s according to Mike Coppinger, who works for FOX Sports.
On Monday evening, he tweeted: “BREAKING: Andy Ruiz has agreed to terms to fight heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on June 1 in N.Y. on DAZN, according to industry sources. Michael Hunter was also under consideration as the replacement opponent after Jarrell Miller tested positive for three PEDs.”
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He followed that up with a further two tweets:
Ruiz’s record stands at 32-1 after that controversial points loss to Joseph Parker in December 2016.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn recently talked up a potential fight with Ruiz.
“I like the fight for many reasons,” Hearn said.
“Aesthetically, Andy doesn’t always look the best, but he can fight.
“He’s fast, he’ll be there to win, he’s going to have a big Mexican support.”
Ruiz previously states that he wanted to face Joshua in a statement he released on social media.
“I’m your opponent for June 1st. I’m here I’m ready. Sign your portion. It’s been a long time coming,” he wrote last week.
“We should’ve met few years ago when I fought for the WBO belt. 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. U can hold them for me until June 1st.
“To anybody counting me out already get in line I’ve been counted out since I first started fighting. Nothing is stopping me now.”