Andy Ruiz Jr's Trainer Says Rematch With Anthony Joshua Hasn't Been Agreed

Anthony Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, which has been 'confirmed' as taking place on December 7th, is being questioned by the Mexican's coach Manny Robles.

Over two months after losing his world titles, Joshua's rematch with Ruiz Jr was finally announced on Friday, but it's already been put in doubt twice.

On Saturday there were reports the new world champion wasn't happy with his side of the deal and now coach Manny Robles, talking to Fanatics View, has confirmed his man hasn't agreed yet, saying:

"Well you've only heard one side - it takes two to tango right, you've only heard one side so far and we're yet to hear from Andy.

"I've got to sit down with my team and see what's going on really, but as of right now, they can say we're fighting December 7 - they can say we're fighting next week but nothing's been confirmed.

"It's just a question of them (Team Joshua) sitting down and reaching an agreement and making things happen.

"I believe it will happen of course but negotiations have to be met.

"There's other terms that need to be met to finalise the fight."

The questions over the rematch, which was always likely to happen because of a clause in the contract from the first fight, were initially because of the location.

Eddie Hearn claimed that a fight in Mexico or back in the US, where AJ lost his titles on his debut in the country, was unlikely and that Cardiff was the likely venue.

Partially because of Dillian Whyte's failed drugs test, and the failure to tell his opponent Oscar Rivas of the fail, Ruiz reportedly didn't want to fight in the UK.

The neutral venue in Saudi Arabia seemed to suit both parties but things are far from agreed it now seems.

Ruiz with all his gold. Image: PA Images
Ruiz with all his gold. Image: PA Images

Ruiz, a late replacement for AJ's original opponent Jarrell 'Baby' Miller, knocked the previously unbeaten Brit down four times in their fight at Madison Square Gardens.

The referee stopped the fight in the seventh round following the fourth knockdown, making the challenger the first heavyweight champion from Mexico.

Will the rematch take place?

Ryan Sidle

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