Canelo Alvarez is looking forward to watching his compatriot Andy Ruiz Jr face Anthony Joshua on June 1.
That’s according to Eddie Hearn, who revealed the Mexican’s reaction to the fight.
Unbeaten Brit Anthony Joshua puts his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts on the line at New York’s Madison Square Garden against Ruiz, but he had first been set to trade blows with Jarrell Miller only for ‘Big Baby’ to fail multiple drug tests.
The fight has been met with a mixed reaction and Joshua’s promoter Hearn feels that some casual boxing fans believe Ruiz is not a good replacement for Miller because he is not a global name and because of his stocky physique.
Yet middleweight world champion Canelo – who is hoping to add the IBF belt to his WBA and WBC titles when he faces Danny Jacobs in Las Vegas on Saturday night – is relishing watching his fellow Mexican face 22-0 Joshua.
Ruiz, whose only career loss came in a narrow decision to Joseph Parker in a fight for the then-vacant WBO title three years ago, can become the first Mexican heavyweight champion of all time if he pulls off an upset against Joshua in the Big Apple.
And according to Hearn, Canelo is confident that the 29-year-old will put up a good fight against AJ.
Hearn told iFL TV: “When you talk to, I think we had Jessie Vargas speaking about it, these people are not mugs on boxing, they’re not some bloke down the pub who has watched three fights.
“These are people who study and know boxing inside out. They know how good Andy Ruiz is
“If Andy Ruiz was built like AJ, he’d be as big as Canelo. He’d be a Mexican heavyweight [champion].
“Unfortunately the guy looks more like me in my trunks but the guy can fight like f**k.
“I’ve had loads of messages from people in boxing saying, ‘You know this is a f***ing really tough fight don’t you?’
“When you talk to Jessie and they did it with Oscar [De La Hoya] and Canelo. Canelo grew up with this guy in the amateur scene and he’s like, ‘Wow, this is a great fight.’
“I’m like, ‘Canelo, can we do an interview with you saying that?’ Everyone in boxing is saying it’s a tougher fight as Miller, definitely as tough.
“It doesn’t have the animosity and he doesn’t look as good as Miller but he’s a character, I like Ruiz a lot, he’s got bundles of heart.
“He’d become a legend overnight and he wants it bad.”
Matchroom Sport’s Hearn also promotes Jacobs, with ‘Miracle Man’ looking to become the first boxer ever to survive cancer and win a world title when he faces Canelo at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight is not expected to get underway any earlier than 4.30am (Saturday night/Sunday morning) in the UK.