Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua’s Upset Loss to Andy Ruiz Scrambles Heavyweight Boxing

Anthony Joshua, a chiseled, towering, undefeated British world heavyweight champion with a wide grin and an easy disposition, came to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night to make his United States debut. He had talked before the fight about not just winning, but winning in style, and about the potential for a megafight down the road against Deontay Wilder, an undefeated world champion from the United States.

Joshua: Ruiz as dangerous as Wilder

WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua was originally set to face Jarrell Miller in a heavyweight showdown in New York City on June 1, but that bout was scrapped after Miller failed drugs tests.

Ruiz stepped up to take Miller's place, with the American-born 29-year-old – who is of Mexican heritage – having won 32 of his 33 professional fights.

On Wednesday, Joshua urged current WBC champion Wilder to clear the path for an undisputed heavyweight title fight, should the Briton beat Ruiz.

Wilder asks for patience over Joshua fight

Wilder needed just 137 seconds to knock out Dominic Breazeale and retain his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday, improving his record to 41-0-1.

The American drew with Tyson Fury in December and there were calls for a rematch with the Brit or bout against WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua.

Wilder – whose knockout of Breazeale was the 40th of his career – said a fight with Joshua would happen, but he remains unsure when.

Joshua warns Wilder, Fury I'm still getting better

IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua has repeatedly failed to secure a fight with the other two leading names in the division, with high-profile negotiations with Wilder, in particular, failing time and again.

The Briton will next face Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on June 1, but he believes Wilder and Fury are taking a risk by delaying any clash with him.

Joshua claims he has been steadily improving since beating Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017 and expects his hard work to pay off against his next opponent.

Holyfield wants AJ-Wilder fight

Joshua and Wilder have been involved in plenty of verbal sparring, but are yet to settle their differences in the ring.

The duo remain on a collision course, though, with Wilder having defeated Luis Ortiz on Saturday to retain his WBC world heavyweight title.

Following that fight, Wilder again called out Joshua, whose attempt to unify the division continues when he puts his WBA and IBF belts on the line against WBO strap-holder Joseph Parker on March 31.

Joshua-Ruiz Jr will be an exciting fight, Hearn promises

World heavyweight champion Joshua (22-0) was slated to meet Jarrell Miller for his United States debut on June 1 at Madison Square Garden, but the American's failed drug tests meant the fight was scrapped.

Ruiz (32-1) is expected to be confirmed as the replacement to battle for Joshua's WBA, IBF and WBO world titles.

The California-born 29-year-old fought for a heavyweight strap against Joseph Parker in December 2016 and Hearn, who described a deal for the bout as "close", is sure fans will not be disappointed.

Wilder to fight Fury in 2019 & Joshua in 2020 – Finkel

Wilder will defend his WBC title against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale next month, with Joshua then set to make his American debut at Madison Square Garden on June 1 against an unnamed replacement for Jarrell Miller, expected to be Andy Ruiz Jr.

The unification bout against WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua appears no closer to coming to fruition.

However, Wilder recently insisted it was inevitable and Finkel anticipates it will finally happen next year.

Joshua new opponent imminent

Heavyweight Joshua was initially due to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Jarrell Miller in his American debut, with the bout set for Madison Square Garden in New York.

However, Miller was ruled out after a second failed drugs test, leaving promoter Eddie Hearn needing to find a replacement for the main event.

Speaking at a press conference to promote Dillian Whyte's July fight with Oscar Rivas, Barry Hearn, Eddie's father, declared they are "very close" to confirming the identity of Joshua's next foe.

Whyte thinks Joshua rematch is 'only a matter of time'

The 30-year-old has been touted as a potential 2019 opponent for IBF, WBA and WBO belt-holder Joshua, though WBC champion Deontay Wilder is his priority for an April 13 fight at Wembley.

Whyte beat former WBO champion Joseph Parker last July to enhance his claim for a title shot and he insisted it is inevitable he will get another chance to take down Joshua, who won their previous encounter with a seventh-round knockout in December 2015.

Hearn: Joshua wants to fight Wilder

WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua is back in training ahead of his return to the ring at Wembley on April 13, though his opponent for that date remains uncertain.

It was thought the winner of Wilder and Tyson Fury's fight would be the logical choice to meet Joshua next but that ended in a controversial split-decision draw in Los Angeles on Saturday.