Anthony Joshua will endeavor to recover his heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr. before the finish of year in the wake of initiating a rematch statement in his agreement, advertiser Eddie Hearn said Tuesday.
In a concise post on Twitter, Hearn said Joshua had settled on a prompt rematch against Ruiz Jr, who stunned the boxing scene with a seventh-round knockout of the British contender on Saturday.
“After gatherings with AJ, (coach) Rob (McCracken) and the supervisory group in NY, we have today set off the contracted rematch proviso with Andy Ruiz Jnr,” Hearn composed. “The battle will happen in Nov/Dec at a scene to be affirmed in the blink of an eye.”
Ruiz Jr. pulled off one of the greatest bombshells in the historical backdrop of the heavyweight division at Madison Square Garden on Saturday with his shocking stoppage of Joshua, the beforehand unbeaten WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion.
The 29-year-old Ruiz began the battle as a monstrous 32-1 dark horse yet amazed Joshua multiple times on his way to a success which overturned the heavyweight division.
In remarks to ESPN later Tuesday, Hearn said Joshua was restless to get back in the ring with Ruiz as fast as could be allowed.
“There was no reason for pausing,” Hearn told the US sports organize. “We’ve discussed it and it’s going on. There’s no other battle AJ needs, so there was no point holding up 30 days. Everyone needs lucidity. We plunked down and it wasn’t even an instance of him asking what else is out there. The rematch is the battle we need, and that is the thing that we’ll be doing.”
Hearn had at first shown the rematch is probably going to occur in Britain, where Joshua normally sells out huge limit settings. Anyway he told ESPN on Tuesday that the decision of setting stayed open.
“My hunch was the UK however not ensured,” Hearn said. “We need to take a gander at everything. The general population at (US telecaster) DAZN and Madison Square Garden might want to do Part 2 in the US.
“Joshua came to Andy Ruiz’s nation for the primary battle, so it sort of sounds good to the second battle in the UK. So we’ll see.”
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