Three Stadiums In Play For AJ-Ruiz Sequel
The road to a rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr may go through three of the biggest stadiums in the United Kingdom, per Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
Joshua, who was dropped four times by Ruiz before being stopped in the seventh round, exercised his rematch clause days after the loss, and has his preference for where he looks to exact revenge on the new unified world heavyweight champion.
“There are discussions for White Hart Lane, Wembley and Cardiff [Principality],” Hearn told iFL TV .
“I think AJ likes the Wembley fight, obviously he’s had a lot of good nights there, but in November the weather is not the best, potentially. But does that suit us more? I don’t know how Andy Ruiz likes it in the rain.”
Per Boxing Scene, Joshua is also interested, in a return to Madison Square Garden, looking to come back and avenge his first pro loss in the building it happened in.
“AJ said, ‘Do you think it would be a big statement if I came back and put the wrong right at MSG?’ I said, ‘From a marketing, fairy-tale perspective – yeah, absolutely. But you have to win this fight and you’re at a much bigger advantage if this fight’s in the UK.’ For me, the fight should be in the UK. You came to Andy Ruiz’s country to take this fight, it doesn’t make you a bad person having a rematch in the UK,” Hearn said.
“But he’s the kind of sick individual who’s so competitive that, I think in his mind, to put it right there [at MSG] would be a statement people never forget.”
Report: Boxing Scene