Hearn: This Is Not AJ “Cashing Out”
Following confusion and blowback over the decision to place Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr’s rematch for the unified world heavyweight title in Saudi Arabia, Eddie Hearn spoke out this week.
Hearn is fighting back against critics of the move, as the move to neutral territory was what both sides wanted.
“He [Ruiz Jr] didn’t want to fight in the UK, felt it was unfair, and I don’t think AJ wants any excuses,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “He wants to make him feel that he’s won it fair and square and do it on a neutral territory. I don’t think Anthony Joshua needs to cash out. I think he’s doing alright. In terms of the risk, there is greater risk for him in this fight, doing it in a neutral venue, than over in the UK. I think that’s just common sense. I admire him for that.”
“For Anthony Joshua, once you take away the controversy, the discussions, the curiosity, get down to the fight, which is the biggest fight in boxing, which is Anthony Joshua trying to regain his world heavyweight titles against Andy Ruiz, and it’s in Saudi Arabia. It’s going to be an event that will take your breath away, and it’s going to be an event that will go down in history with the iconic heavyweight moments in the past.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports