Andy Ruiz Jr. will get his second chance at a heavyweight title after he was named as a replacement to take on unbeaten WBA, IBF and WBO title holder Anthony Joshua on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Ruiz will replace Jarrell Miller, who was withdrawn from the fight because of doping violations.
The California-based Ruiz will try to become Mexico's first heavyweight champion. His first opportunity came in December 2016, but he lost on points to then-WBO champion Joseph Parker. It remains his only loss in 33 professional fights.
He will go up against Joshua, who is 22-0 and has won 21 of those fights by knockout. Joshua, a native of England, last fought in London in September when he defeated Alexander Povetkin. He will be fighting in the United States for the first time.
Ruiz's last fight was in April when he defeated Alexander Dimitrenko in a bout that was stopped in the fifth round. He is confident that there will be a different outcome in his second chance at a title.
"I think with my style, my speed, my movement, I don't think he's fought anybody like me," Ruiz said, according to USA Today. "When I do pull out this win, everything is going to change. It's going to mean everything."
--Field Level Media