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Joshua will be defending the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles against underdog ruiz, who looks to become the first mexican heavyweight champion. Joshua is also defending his spot as arguably the no. 1 heavyweight in the sport, and no lower than no. 3, depending on how you rank the joshua-fury-wilder trio, which in some ways may as well be 1A, 1B, and 1C, with everyone else chasing them. And it’s joshua’s debut on US soil, which he doesn’t necessarily need in today’s boxing world, but if he can become a star in the states, it only means more money and glory for him. How did anthony joshua get here?

He won the great britain amateur boxing championships in 2010, won silver at the 2011 worlds in baku (losing to azerbaijan’s magomedrasul majidov on a score of 22-21), defeating italy’s roberto cammarelle, the 2008 olympic gold medalist, in the quarterfinals. From the minute he defeated cammarelle, it was clear that joshua was a serious talent on possible ways to make money the rise. Photo by scott heavey/getty images

At the london 2012 olympics, joshua got a tough first round draw, matched against cuba’s erislandy savon. In what was maybe the best fight of the entire possible ways to make money super heavyweight tournament that year, joshua edged savon, 17-16. He then beat china’s zhang zhilei (2008 olympic gold medalist) and kazakhstan’s ivan dychko before beating cammarelle on countback in the possible ways to make money gold medal match.

Joshua could easily have lost that matchup to savon or possible ways to make money the final to cammarelle, but it was london. Joshua initially said he would be back to go after possible ways to make money gold again at rio 2016, but eventually he signed with matchroom to go pro in possible ways to make money 2013. He made his highly-anticipated professional debut at london’s O2 arena, stopping emanuele leo in the opening round, and declared intentions to win a world title within four possible ways to make money years.

Early on, joshua was matched as most prospects are, showcased while still learning the finer points. In his seventh fight in 2014, he stopped 47-year-old former european, british, and commonwealth champion matt skelton in the second round. Veterans konstantin airich, denis bakhtov, michael sprott, jason gavern, raphael zumbano, and kevin johnson followed, joshua passing each test with flying colors.

In 2015, he was matched with unbeaten scotsman gary cornish, and I distinctly remember there being some calls that cornish possible ways to make money was going to really give this overhyped joshua fraud a possible ways to make money real test. He did not, as joshua stopped him in 97 seconds. Former amateur rival dillian whyte followed three months later, and whyte did OK before being stopped in the seventh possible ways to make money round.

Finally, in april 2016, about two-and-a-half years after going pro, joshua got his first world title shot against charles martin, the IBF’s paper titleholder of the moment. Martin had won the vacant belt in january against vyacheslav possible ways to make money glazkov when glazkov injured his right knee. The belt had most recently legitimately been held by tyson possible ways to make money fury, then was immediately stripped from fury. It would have been foolish to not get joshua a possible ways to make money fight with charles martin, basically.

But as for his greater journey, there’s plenty to talk about. He was a pretty good amateur, going a reported 105-5, but he didn’t make any big impact, either. He fought for mexico in tournaments, including attempting to qualify for the 2008 olympics, losing to cuba’s robert alfonso and colombia’s oscar rivas and failing to make it to beijing.

For most of his career, ruiz was with top rank, and his career didn’t move a whole lot. The company was never particularly invested in the heavyweight division possible ways to make money while he was with them, being fair, but after he’d scored some OK-ish wins for level for a while, he got a shot at the vacant WBO heavyweight title possible ways to make money against joseph parker in dec. 2016.

And that was ruiz’s last fight with top rank. He made his way to PBC, where a possible eventual shot at deontay wilder could be possible ways to make money in the cards at the very least. He debuted for PBC on april 20, beating faded vet alexander dimitrenko via stoppage after five rounds. Ruiz still looked like ruiz at a glance, but a deeper look revealed he still looked like ruiz possible ways to make money in good ways — good hand speed for the division, nice combinations, some skills that surpass what you might expect just looking possible ways to make money at a still photo of him. How do the fighters match up?

Physically, it’s no contest, and I don’t even mean just that joshua is a big, muscular specimen and ruiz is a chubster. Just the height and reach situations heavily favor joshua, too. Joshua is 6’6” with an 82-inch reach, whereas ruiz is at 6’2” with a 74-inch reach. On paper, ruiz absolutely has to get inside and bang away, but he’ll be available for joshua’s dangerous uppercuts from close range, too.

As for their records, joshua’s 22-0 (21 KO) is just stronger than ruiz’s 32-1 (21 KO). Joshua has wins over dillian whyte, charles martin, dominic breazeale, eric molina, wladimir klitschko, carlos takam, joseph parker, and alexander povetkin, and he’s stopped all those guys except for parker. It’s not exactly muhammad ali’s résumé, but it’s been a good run to stardom.

Ruiz, meanwhile, lost a narrow decision to parker in his biggest fight possible ways to make money to date. Otherwise, andy has spent his career as sort of an eternal possible ways to make money prospect, as if everyone had been waiting for him to suddenly possible ways to make money be a slim and cut 220. What are his best wins? Alexander dimitrenko, tor hamer, joe hanks, siarhei liakhovich, ray austin, kevin johnson? When you watch ruiz, if you can get around his portly build, you see skills, but he’s only been matched genuinely tough once, and while I had his fight with parker even, ruiz lost on the cards. He wasn’t by any means blown away, he could compete with parker — but parker isn’t joshua, either. This is a big step for ruiz. After a decade in the pro ranks, this is it, his chance to prove he belongs or doesn’t. Who’s the favorite?