Anthony Joshua to face Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden

Andy Ruiz Jr has been confirmed as world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's opponent for June 1 at Madison Square Garden.

Anthony Joshua will face Andy Ruiz Jr in his next bout   -  Getty Images

Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on June 1, it has been confirmed.

Joshua, who is undefeated in 22 fights, was originally due to face Jarrell Miller in his American debut in New York.

However, Miller was ruled out due to failed drugs tests, leaving Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn needing to find a replacement.

READ | Miller out of Joshua fight after second failed test, says promoter Hearn

While Michael Hunter and Luis Ortiz were rumoured as possible options to fill the void, Californian Ruiz (32-1) has now signed a deal to take the bout.

The 29-year-old fought for the WBO title against Joseph Parker in December 2016, losing by majority decision in New Zealand.

Speaking earlier this week, Hearn confirmed a deal with Ruiz was close and promised fans would get an entertaining fight.

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Joshua has not fought since knocking out Alexander Povetkin last September, with his pursuit of a unification bout with WBC champion Deontay Wilder thus far proving fruitless.

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