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Andy Ruiz Jr returns to ring to take on fellow Anthony Joshua rival as fans say ‘a year ago this would be impossible’

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ANDY RUIZ JR will return to the ring against Jarrell Miller on August 3.

The former heavyweight champion, 34, is set to fight for the first time since beating Luis Ortiz in September 2022.

Ruiz Jr’s next bout will be part of a stacked undercard as Terence Crawford takes on Israil Madrimov at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles.

Anthony Joshua

His opponent Miller, 35, had been due to fight Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden in June 2019.

The bout fell through, however, after “Big Baby” tested positive for multiple banned substances.

This gave Ruiz Jr an opportunity to step in at short notice, with the Mexican-American shocking the world by knocking AJ out to become heavyweight champion of the world.

He was subsequently beaten by Joshua in the Saudi rematch in December that year.

Ruiz Jr was then out of action until May 2021, when he returned to beat Chris Arreola.

In his most recent fight he defeated Ortiz in LA before requiring surgery on his right shoulder.

Miller, 35, fought for the first time since his cancelled AJ bout in June 2022 against Ariel Esteban Bracamonte.

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