Hearn: We May Sue Ruiz Jr Over Rematch Issue
After Andy Ruiz Jr claimed that his rematch with Anthony Joshua will be on his “terms” and that the fight will not take place on December 7th in Saudi Arabia, but in the United States, Eddie Hearn has struck back that the fight is a done deal.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Hearn confirmed that the contract for a rematch was signed prior to Ruiz’s upset TKO win over Joshua on June 1st.
“The contract for the rematch was signed prior to the first fight,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “They are both signed at the same time. There is no other contract.
“We have to let [Ruiz Jr] know the time, date and venue which we have done. That’s it.”
“They are contractually bound for the rematch,” Hearn reiterated. “There are no conversations between the two teams about not doing the fight. I don’t perceive a problem.
“He signed a contract with us that he was absolutely over the moon with, that gave him the opportunity of a lifetime. He will 100 percent honor that contract.”
Ruiz Jr may feel he holds all of the cards as he is the current unified world heavyweight champion, but with the IBF showing their eagerness in enforcing mandatory challengers, and an already signed contract for a rematch, Hearn feels the current champion has no leg to stand on.
“His choice is to have a legal battle that could put him out of boxing for years,” Hearn stated. “Or to defend his belts for a lot of money against a guy he has already beaten. There isn’t any doubt he will take the fight.”
In regards to the title situation, Hearn said: “Any messing around and Ruiz Jr will lose belts, and he won’t want to do that.
“We expect the IBF, WBA and WBO belts to be on the line.
“There are mandatories due but, in our opinion, Ruiz Jr is within his rights to have a voluntary defense. That defense is against Anthony Joshua.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports