Ruiz Risking Not Getting Rubber Fight
Despite having demands in order to have his rematch with Anthony Joshua take place in Saudi Arabia, unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. reportedly did not ask for an immediate rematch clause.
After Ruiz defeated him in one of boxing’s more modern memorable upsets for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles, Joshua exercised his immediate rematch clause, which has earned him some flack across the boxing community for not taking a “tune-up” fight.
A rematch clause in this fight’s contract would guarantee a trilogy bout should Joshua defeat Ruiz and regain the belts; however, Ruiz told reporters that he’s so confident he’ll beat Joshua again that he didn’t ask for one.
“We’re confident we’re gonna win,” Ruiz said before their press conference in Manhattan. “And there’s other big things for me, you know? There’s other big things, but December 7th, we’re gonna win.
“We’re gonna be fine, man. God’s on our side and we’re gonna win. And like I said, there’s more things ahead after this fight.”
A loss would mean Ruiz is not guaranteed any sort of rematch, and Joshua even joked he wouldn’t give Ruiz one if he were to regain the straps. Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, however, claims that if this fight is anything like how it was in June at Madison Square Garden, but Joshua comes out on top this time, then a trilogy bout could potentially be in the cards.
“I think if we had another fight like the first fight, and Joshua won, I think everyone would be cool with a number three,” Hearn said.
Original Story: Boxing Scene