Andy Ruiz Jr. requested $50 million to bring a world title rematch with Anthony Joshua to the U.K., and while promoter Eddie Hearn’s response to the remark wasn’t sound, he mentioned that Joshua is toying with the idea of going back to Madison Square Garden.
Last week, Ruiz pulled off one of heavyweight boxing’s biggest upsets when he dropped Joshua four times en route to scoring a TKO, ending Joshua’s undefeated record and winning the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.
Hearn says that it was an honor to promote a card at a venue as legendary as MSG, and even though his fighter lost, he gives credit to Ruiz on being a tough opponent. He adds that he expects Joshua to come out with a fire burning inside him when the two have a rematch.
That rematch is expected to take place in November or December with a location to be determined. It’s expected to take place in Joshua’s home of the U.K., but Ruiz has stated he’d hope to get around $50 million if it means traveling across the pond.
Hearn wouldn’t comment much about Ruiz’s comment, but he said that while he wants to have the rematch in the U.K., Joshua is interested in returning to the U.S., specifically returning to MSG, for it.
“I don’t talk too much about contracts. Their team know,” Hearn said. “People say Ruiz should get where he wants it to go — Ruiz got the opportunity, we picked Ruiz, he wasn’t mandatory. Obviously, there was a rematch clause. What I will say is if Andy Ruiz beats Joshua again, he’s free, he’s golden, now you’re talking about superstardom. So he’s changed his life.
“We will advise probably the next two weeks where the rematch will be. To me, let’s take it to the UK. AJ’s the sick kind of guy, he said to me a couple days ago, ‘Maybe we should do it in the Garden again.’ I’m like, what? He went, ‘Well that’s where it went wrong, so maybe that’s where I should put it right.’ That’s an incredible attitude.”
For me, we don’t know if boxing in America was a disadvantage to you. We just don’t know. But boxing in the UK will be an advantage for you. He said, ‘Yeah, but I’m the challenger now, shouldn’t we bring it back?’ I’m like, ‘you’re too nice.’ So we’ve got some decisions to make and they’ll come very soon.
Quotes via Bad Left Hook