Anthony Joshua To Face Andy Ruiz; Miller to Receive 6 Month Suspension
After weeks of speculation, Anthony Joshua has a new opponent for his United States debut.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn Tweeted on Wednesday that the unified champ will face-off against battle-tested, Andy Ruiz Jr. (record 32-1-1) on June 1 in New York.
Ruiz, who fought most recently to a knockout win against Alexander Dimitrenko, emerged as a heavy favorite for the assignment after the previous front-runner Luis Ortiz reportedly turned down a reported $5 million dollar and countered with his own offer of $10 million.
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, Joshua’s former opponent, may be missing out on the fight and a huge payday but he isn’t missing out on much else as the gavel came down to issue punishment for his recent positive drug tests.
According to the WBA, Miller will be withdrawn from its rankings. He will also have to register with VADA at his own expense and undergo random testing. After his six-month suspension ends on Sept. 19, if he intends to return to the WBA rankings, he must submit those test results.
Miller’s co-promoter Greg Cohen called the suspension “fair” citing middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and others as an example of boxing’s light handling of fighters that test positive for banned substances.
“I think it’s fair,” said Miller’s co-promoter Greg Cohen to ESPN.com about his six-month suspension with the WBA. “It’s appropriate…I’m sure Jarrell will comply with the resolution. I do not think he has a choice, certainly, through this resolution, he is obligated to do so.”
Miller will likely land on his feet and the show goes on between Joshua and Ruiz on June 1 in New York.