We have a huge Heavyweight bout coming to the Garden on Saturday and I cannot wait ladies and gentlemen. Here is my preview of all the action.
Saturday June 1
Who:Anthony Joshua (22–0 21 KOs) vs. Andy Ruiz (32-1 21 KO’s)
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York
When: 8:30pm EST/5:30pm PST
Implications: This is a massive Heavyweight title fight, with the WBA, WBO, and IBF title holder Anthony Joshua takes on late replacement Andy Ruiz. Joshua was supposed to face Big Baby Jarrell Miller, but after some testing we found out Miller was taking everything under the sun.
So in comes Andy Ruiz, a former title challenger who may look like he should be eating at a golden corral, but he will come to fight. He throws punches in bunches and could give AJ some trouble early on. Joshua will want to make a statement thought because his American counterpart Deontay Wilder absolutely dominated a couple weeks ago, and his British rival Tyson Fury also fights in a couple weeks. So he will want to show he is still the baddest man on Earth.
As I said above I think Ruiz will give him some trouble early on but I think AJ will work out the kings and get Ruiz out of there in 9 rounds.
- In the co main event we have WBA Super Middleweight Champion Callum Smith (25-0 18 KO’s) defending his belt for the first time against former belt holder Hassan N’Dam (37-3 21 KO’s). N’Dam is coming up from Middleweight to challenge for the belt but this feels like a chance for Smith to build his star power. Smith knocked out George Groves to win the WBSS 168 lb. Tournament and this is a great spot for him to make his case for a Canelo fight. I think Smith will handle N’Dam within 4 rounds and make his case as the best Super Middleweight in the world.
- Also on the card is WBA, WBO, and IBF Female Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor (13-0 6 KO’s) unifying her belts with WBC Champion Delfine Persoon (43-1 18 KO’s) for the Undisputed championship of the world. This is only Persoon’s second fight outside of Germany but she is still the toughest test to date for superstar on the rise Katie Taylor. Taylor has been dominating everyone in his path and looks to become the third undisputed superstar in Women’s boxing along with Undisputed Welterweight Champ Cecilia Braekhus and Undisputed Middleweight Champ Claressa Shields. I think Persoon will give Taylor something to think about, but in the end Taylor will win a wide decision to get the final belt.
I hope everyone enjoys!