Eddie Hearn Announces Anthony Joshua Vs Andy Ruiz Jr Rematch
Anthony Joshua will fight Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch after Eddie Hearn announced that talks have already begun with the new heavyweight champion of the world and the man he shocked.
Andy Ruiz Jr shocked the world when he landed one of the biggest upsets in boxing and sport history on Saturday night in New York by stopping the previously undefeated Anthony Joshua in Madison Square Garden.
The Mexican, who became the first heavyweight champion from his country, was a late replacement for Jarrell 'Baby' Miller after the American was removed from the fight for failing a drugs test.
With just six weeks notice Ruiz stepped up and no one gave him a chance in hell. AJ scored the first knockdown of the fight but his less illustrious opponent then scored four of his own.
The fourth one caused the referee to end the fight in the seventh round and crowned a new world champion, giving Joshua his first professional defeat.
It was expected that the two men would get it on again because of a rematch clause and Matchroom's Eddie Hearn, Joshua's representative, confirmed that talks have already begun for a rematch at the end of the year
After meetings with AJ, Rob Mc and the management team in NY, we have today triggered the contracted rematch clause with Andy Ruiz Jnr. The fight will take place in Nov/Dec at a venue to be confirmed shortly.
- Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 4, 2019
Speaking on Monday Ruiz said he'd like the rematch to be in his home country, saying, "I'd love to do the rematch but first I've got to talk to my team, we'll go from there and figure things out.
"I'd love to be in Mexico, there's never been a heavyweight champion in Mexico so I'd love to have a rematch there.
"I'm still pinching myself that this is true, all that hard work and dedication, I've made my dreams come true.
"We've been working for this my whole life, it's overwhelming and I'm just excited."
AJ will be desperate to get his belts back but the loss on Saturday is all the proof anyone needs that it will be far from simple for the 2012 Olympic gold medalist.
He, his team and his fans will be hoping for a similar comeback to the one Lennox Lewis had after losing to Hasim Rahman in their first fight.
Can AJ reclaim the gold?