Ruiz: Still in Negotiations for Rematch
Unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. says not everything in the current contract for his rematch with Anthony Joshua meets his desires, and it appears Ruiz is continuing to insist he will not travel to Saudi Arabia.
Joshua is exercising his rematch clause here for another fight with Ruiz for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles. Ruiz pulled off one of boxing’s most major upsets by taking a fight on short notice and getting off the canvas to knock Joshua down four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage. It was Joshua’s first loss as a pro.
One of the biggest questions surrounding the rematch came with where the rematch would take place — at one point, New York’s Madison Square Garden looked to be in the running once again, with Ruiz preferring somewhere in the U.S. or Mexico. Joshua at one point did consider MSG as well for the chance to redeem himself on American soil — the loss to Ruiz marked his U.S. debut.
Joshua’s team, including Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, looked like an English location for the rematch, but Ruiz preferred a neutral site if he couldn’t get the fight in North America — leading to Hearn’s announcement last week that the rematch would take place on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.
“Several things have been said, they say something and we have another point of view,” Ruiz said. “Not everything is correct in the contract, but there are also things that were stipulated as well. My team is already negotiating, my thing is to train and win again.”
Reportedly, according to the contract of the original fight and its rematch clause, Joshua and his team have control over the venue and location of the rematch. Hearn has threatened to sue if Ruiz refuses to honor the agreement.
As far as the rematch itself is concerned, Ruiz says he can’t promise much, but can promise a lot of fire like their first fight.
“At lightweight or middleweight it is easier to follow a certain tactic, there is a line of how to continue the fight,” Ruiz said. “[At heavyweight] we are stronger and a single punch can end everything. The only sure thing [about the rematch] is that there will be action.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene