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Andy Ruiz Jr Refuses UK Rematch With Anthony Joshua Amid Dillian Whyte’s Drugs Allegations

Andy Ruiz Jr Refuses UK Rematch With Anthony Joshua Amid Dillian Whyte’s Drugs Allegations

Andy Ruiz Jr has stunned boxing fans by refusing to hold his hotly anticipated rematch with Anthony Joshua in the UK amid news of Dillian Whyte's doping allegations.

Whyte, 31, reportedly failed a drugs test days before his victory over Oscar Rivas last Saturday in London.

But Ruiz, 29, has reacted to the news on Twitter by dropping a bombshell that he will push for the rematch in the US instead of the UK.

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"I'm not going to the UK for the rematch #issasetup," the 'Destroyer' tweeted.

Ruiz responded to one fan by saying that he wants a "fair playing ground" for his rematch and the fact that "Rivas had no idea about it is a bit sketchy."

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But Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, recently admitted that he wanted the rematch to be held in November or December at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

Hearn, who also represents Whyte, took to Twitter to say that both the 'Body Snatcher' and Rivas, 32, were both "subject to extensive VADA and UKAD testing for their bout."

He continued: "Both fighters were cleared to fight by both bodies and the BBBofC."

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Whyte climbed off the canvas in the ninth round to defeat Rivas and claim the WBC interim heavyweight title.

The WBC interim holder has now become the mandatory challenger to Deontay Wilder, but he might have to wait for his title shot as the 'Bronze Bomber,' 33, eyes up an early 2020 rematch with Tyson Fury.

And the WBC kingpin has launched a scathing attack on Whyte in an Instagram post, calling him the "Donkey Of The Year."

Thoughts on Whyte's doping allegations?

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Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Destroyer, AJ, Boxing News, Andy Ruiz Jr, Body Snatcher, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Dillian Whyte, Eddie Hearn

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