Anthony Joshua will endeavor to recover his heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr. before the year’s end in the wake of initiating a rematch statement in his contract, promoter Eddie Hearn said Tuesday.
In a short post on Twitter, Hearn said Joshua had picked a prompt rematch against Ruiz Jr, who stunned the boxing scene with a seventh-round knockout of the British British on Saturday.
“After gatherings with AJ, (trainer) Rob (McCracken) and the supervisory crew in NY, we have today set off the contracted rematch clause with Andy Ruiz Jnr,” Hearn composed. “The fight will happen in Nov/Dec at a setting to be affirmed in the blink of an eye.
” Ruiz Jr. pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the historical background of the heavyweight division at Madison Square Garden on Saturday with his electrifying stoppage of Joshua, the beforehand unbeaten WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion.
The 29-year-old Ruiz began the fight as a massive 32-1 longshot 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 on edge to get back in the ring with Ruiz as quickly as possible.
“There was no reason for pausing,” Hearn told the US sports to arrange. “We’ve discussed it and it’s going on. There’s no other fight AJ needs, so there was no point holding up 30 days. Everyone needs clearness. We plunked down and it wasn’t even an instance of him asking what else is out there.
The rematch is the fight we need, and that is the thing that we’ll be doing.” Hearn had at first demonstrated the rematch is probably going to occur in Britain, where Joshua normally sells out huge limit settings. In any case, he told ESPN on Tuesday that the decision of venue stayed open.
“My hunch was the UK yet not ensured,” Hearn said. “We need to take a look at everything. The general population at (US supporter) DAZN and Madison Square Garden might want to do Part 2 in the US.
“Joshua came to Andy Ruiz’s nation for the first fight, so it sort of sounds good to the second fight in the UK. So we’ll see.”