Andy Ruiz Jr will be told in the next 48 hours where his rematch with Anthony Joshua will be.
Fight fans have been waiting to learn if Joshua will bring the second fight to the UK and Hearn confirmed the rematch would not be taking place in America. Ruiz Jr has been pushing for a return to Madison Square Garden, but Hearn reiterated it was Joshua’s call – and that a decision was imminent. ‘I have been ringing Ruiz’s team this week and keeping them up to speed with where we are going,’ Hearn told Sky Sports. Ruiz Jr wants the rematch in America . ‘I think they used the Dillian Whyte saga as a little bit of a scapegoat. ‘We have to take that into consideration.
Contractually, we know our position. Ruiz Jr said he wouldn’t fight in the UK after Whyte’s failed drug test emerged. ‘We want to make sure we get the fight done and we want to respect Andy Ruiz. ‘We will decide where the venue is. A neutral venue he would be much happier with but I think I can rule out America right now. ‘Cardiff is still the favourite and the front runner but there are some other interesting options that would be quite iconic internationally, that does involve quite a lot of aggravation logistically. ‘It does involve a spectacle that would be quite unique. America appears to be out of the running.
‘We haven’t ruled out anywhere yet but in the next 48 hours Andy Ruiz’s team will be alerted as to where this fight will take place. ‘Don’t rule out anywhere yet and just know the fight is happening. Joshua is working hard to make sure will win those belts back.’ Cardiff’s Principality Stadium remains the frontrunner to stage the rematch and Joshua will again be the favourite, despite suffering his first pro defeat to Ruiz Jr in their first fight. Joshua is determined to regain his three world titles and activated the rematch clause just days after his shocking loss in New York.