Joshua v Ruiz bill: Callum Smith opponent close, Kell Brook still searching

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Callum Smith is set to announce his opponent for the Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr. show imminently, World Boxing News understands.

After what’s been a long search, the Liverpool man is ready to settle on a clash with French former world champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.

N’Dam recently defeated Smith’s compatriot Martin Murray at middleweight. The 35 year-old is primed to head back up to super-middleweight for a world title shot.

Smith currently holds the WBA and WBC Diamond straps on the back of his success in the World Boxing Super Series.

‘Mundo’ was linked to facing mandatory challenger John Ryder. But with ‘The Gorilla’ participating in the Canelo v Jacobs undercard on this weekend, Smith had to look elsewhere.

It’s not the big fight Smith craves, although the contest keeps the WBSS winner on the Joshua undercard with just a few weeks remaining.

As for Kell Brook, ‘The Special One’ is still searching for what will only be a stay-busy foe due to time constraints.

Brook was hoping to land Amir Khan in the spring. Khan opted to fight Terence Crawford, losing in six rounds.

That left the Sheffield man treading water. And unless Brook can secure an opponent soon, he may well drop off the card entirely.

Joshua Buatsi and Josh Kelly, two other Matchroom prospects on the New York event, are also yet to formally have their bouts set.

Full Anthony Josuha v Andy Ruiz Jr. bill:

Saturday 1, June 2019  – Madison Square Garden, New York, USA

12 – heavyweight

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr 32 1 0

International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight Title
International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight Title
World Boxing Association Super World Heavyweight Title
World Boxing Organisation World Heavyweight Title

12 – super flyweight

Kal Yafai v Norbelto Jimenez

World Boxing Association World Super Flyweight Title

12 – super middleweight

Callum Smith v Hassan N’Dam

World Boxing Association Super World Super Middleweight Title

12 – lightweight

Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon

International Boxing Federation World Female Lightweight Title
World Boxing Association World Female Lightweight Title
World Boxing Council World Female Lightweight Title
WBO World Female Lightweight Title

10 – super lightweight

Chris Algieri v Tommy Coyle

10 – super welterweight

Kell Brook  v TBA

10 – light heavyweight

Joshua Buatsi v TBA

10 – welterweight

Josh Kelly v TBA

4 – middleweight

Austin Williams v TBA