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Andy Ruiz Jr has his eyes set on unifying the heavyweight division by setting up a unification match with Deontay Wilder should he beat Anthony Joshua again.
The Mexican-American, 29, produced a magnificent upset to beat 'AJ' and win the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts.
Ruiz participated in an interview alongside Wilder, 33, and revealed his desire for the rematch to take place in the US for home advantage.
And should Ruiz beat the British superstar, 29, for the second time, he wants to set up a unification match with the WBC kingpin.
"We're still in negotiations, they [are] trying to make us go over there," the heavyweight champ told Fox Sports.
"We are trying to get it back here in New York. I'd be more comfortable here.
"Me and him [Wilder] we're in the same team, I just got to beat Anthony Joshua and then we'll move on to the next."
Wilder and 'AJ' were continuously linked with the idea of a mega unification match, but those dreams were dashed when Ruiz stripped the Brit of the belts.
The 'Bronze Bomber' did praise Ruiz for shaking up the heavyweight division and securing a stunning TKO victory over Joshua at Madison Square Garden in June.
"I'm just happy what you did you brought a different type of energy to the heavyweight division -- a new face," the KO artist said.
"You go and do the unexpected and change it all up."
Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, has revealed that they are aiming for the rematch to take place in November or December and Cardiff's Principality Stadium could be the location to host the bout.
"We've provided the dates to Team Ruiz, now we've got to provide the venue," the Matchroom boss told iFL TV on Saturday.
"The dates are November 29 or December 14, those are the dates we're working on.
"Of the venues that have come on in the last week, one is very serious and we're very deep in conversation.
"I think the frontrunner is still Cardiff, December 14. Madison Square Garden is in the running, too."
Wilder is aiming for a rematch with Luis Ortiz in September before a rematch with Tyson Fury in 2020.
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