DAZN has established itself as a home for major boxing events, especially among the Middleweight class. However in the U.S., the biggest boxing matches involve heavyweight fighters. Now the biggest name in heavyweight boxing worldwide comes to DAZN and the States to make a name for himself, and potentially lure the American heavyweight champ into a future super-fight. You can see it for yourself by watching Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr. exclusively on DAZN.
Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr. will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, June 1. This fight card, featuring a world heavyweight title match, is exclusively on DAZN, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Anthony "AJ" Joshua (22-0) has as many nicknames as he has current World Heavyweight titles. Joshua mainly uses the simple nickname of "AJ" but has at times been known as "Femi", "The Landlord", or "The Rent Collector". No matter what else he is called, Anthony Joshua has earned the label of champion, as he is the current IBF, IBO, WBA Super and WBO World Heavyweight title holder. The undefeated Joshua earned most of those belts in a victory over boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko two years ago. That TKO from Joshua was the last fight of Klitschko's career, but knockouts come natural for the 29 year old fighter from Watford, England who is making his debut in the United States in this bout.
Joshua has 21 of his 22 victories by KO or TKO, due in part to his incredible punching power. His power can only be matched among current fighters by the man who holds the only heavyweight title Joshua doesn't. WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder (41-0-1) is the opponent the entire boxing world wants to see next for Joshua, including "AJ" himself. Joshua and his promoter are upset that Wilder has signed to fight another fighter, Luis Ortiz, next rather than set up a super unification bout. Boxing has been a sport of deals and brash talk standing in the way of the biggest matchups, but as long as Joshua and Wilder continue to win the drumbeat for a fight between them will grow.
Andy "Destroyer" Ruiz Jr. (32-1) wasn't the first or second choice for this bout, but he plans to make the most of this huge opportunity. Ruiz is replacing Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller, who failed multiple drug tests and had to be removed from the scheduled fight. Joshua's team made multiple offers to Luis Ortiz, but they were rejected so they turned to Ruiz Jr. Although born and raised in California, Ruiz Jr. got his start boxing in Mexico before returning to the United States. He has had a strong career but lacks that signature win to help him stand out.
Ruiz Jr. has held some Intercontinental titles, but his only loss came in his one previous fight for a World Heavyweight title. He lost a split decision to Joseph Parker back in 2016, but has won three straight fights since then. Andy is regarded in boxing as a technical, straight-forward fighter who will stand in to trade shots to work his counter punches. The true test for Ruiz Jr. will come as he faces his toughest foe ever on the biggest stage in his career.
What challenge is waiting for Ruiz Jr. in the ring? Get a taste of Joshua's abilities by watching highlights of his signature victory over Wladimir Klitschko.
Here is the rest of the fight card for the night, which includes several other championship bouts. Keep an eye on Taylor vs Persoon, where Katie Taylor defends her four World Female Lightweight titles. Taylor was especially strong in her last fight, when she won the WBO title from Rose Volante in a DAZN event back in March.
- Katie Taylor (13-0) vs. Delfine Persoon (43-1)
- Callum Smith (25-0) vs. Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (37-3)
- Chris Algieri (23-3) vs. Tommy Coyle (25-4)
- Josh Kelly (9-0) vs. Ray Robinson (24-3-1)
- Joshua Buatsi (10-0) vs. Marco Antonio Periban (25-4-1)
- Austin Williams (1-0) vs. Quadeer Jenkins (0-1)
The Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr. main event and this card filled with top boxing matches are available only on DAZN. DAZN is a streaming sports service dedicated to the biggest fights and events in the world. Anthony Joshua has been a part of several expensive pay-per-view boxing nights, and had fights on speciality channels that required cable and a premium channel subscription. Instead of spending hundreds of dollar on just a few fights, DAZN gives you this fight event and more championship boxing, MMA, soccer and cricket in one subscription. DAZN also has ChangeUp, a nightly live look-in show for MLB. With over 100 fights per year, including major promotions from Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom USA and World Boxing Super Series, Bellator, Combate Americas, DAZN is perfect for fight fans and sports lovers.
You can watch DAZN and Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr. on almost any device you might have. It works on most modern web browsers, so you can easily sign up for your free trial, and then stream on your computer. Once you have your login, you can use the DAZN app on Android devices or iPhone and iPad. For the last big DAZN fight, there were a rush of last minute subscribers who scrambled to get everything setup in time. Plan ahead by getting your free trial and then installing DAZN on your big screen using any of the following devices:
- Apple TV (4th gen or 4K)
- Fire TV
- Nvidia Shield TV & other Android TVs
- Playstation 4
- Xbox One.
- LG smart TVs
- Samsung smart TVs
- Vizio smart TVs
DAZN is available for $20 per month, or $99 per year. When Joshua defeated Klitschko to claim three titles, many fans were left out without a $100 cable package and a Showtime subscription. With DAZN presenting more superstar fights coming up, including Gennady "GGG" Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls, and Demetrius Andrade vs Maciej Sulecki, a full year looks like a bargain compared to the pay per view costs of the past. Best of all, you get to watch Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr. as part of your first month for free.
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