Ruiz: Price Wasn’t Right to Fight in UK
Despite previous reports, unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. says he would’ve been willing to fight Anthony Joshua in the U.K., but the money wasn’t there.
Joshua and his team were pushing for his home territory to be the site for the Ruiz vs. Joshua rematch. More specifically, Joshua was hoping the fight would have been at London’s Wembley Stadium or Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Ruiz’s team reportedly asked for a neutral site, which the fight will now be at in Saudi Arabia, but he told reporters on Sept. 5, after the pair’s New York press conference, he would have given Joshua the hometown edge if Hearn gave him more than what he’s getting now for the rematch.
“I would’ve been there,” Ruiz said. “If the number would’ve been right, I would’ve been there and I would’ve given him the chance. There’s no reason to be hiding [from his] country. He came all the way over here. I would’ve gone back over there, but they made it in Saudi Arabia. So, I think that was a fair choice.
“We were negotiating. I would fight wherever, man. The fighter’s gonna fight wherever. But it’s just the team, where they’re gonna negotiate and whatnot. I don’t think that’s my business to be saying, ‘You know what? I wanna fight here. I wanna fight there…’ It wasn’t me. But wherever it is, you know, I’m gonna be there, I’m gonna be ready, and I’m gonna train hard and I’m gonna win.”
Joshua made his U.S. debut back in June when he fought Ruiz for the first time. Ruiz, who was filling in for the suspended Jarrell Miller, dropped Joshua four times en route to a seventh-round TKO to win the heavyweight titles. It was Joshua’s first pro loss and one of the biggest upsets in modern combat sports history.
Ruiz was originally apprehensive about fighting in Saudi Arabia thanks to security concerns, but he feels better after being in the country for a few days now.
“A lot of people were saying bad things about over there, how it is, just because they have different rules, you know?” Ruiz said. “They have different beliefs. But, you know what? When I went over there, they welcomed me very well. Everything was just organized very well and the people [treated me] well, so there’s nothing bad to say about that.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene