By Mark Elezaj
Unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. has stated from the beginning that he did not want to have a rematch with Anthony Joshua in the United Kingdom, but that he would rather have it take place in the United States or Mexico.
The issue, contractually, Ruiz has no say on the topic.
Last Friday, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced that the rematch will be taking place on Dec. 14, in a outdoor stadium in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
The announcement was met with negative responses from fight fans.
Ruiz finally gave his take on the rematch via his social media sites yesterday.
“I know everyone is talking about the fight and all that,” Ruiz (33-1, 22KOs) said on Tuesday. “We got the real news coming soon, but the fight is gonna happen soon.
“AJ got the rematch, yes we do got the rematch. But it’s gonna be on my term… on our term. We’re gonna bring it back here in the United States.
“AJ, He’s scared. Hell yeah, why do you think he’s over there, trying to make the fight in Saudi Arabia,” insists Ruiz Jr.
“Like I said, I don’t have no protection over there.
“Look, United States of America wants to… never mind, I can’t say nothing. But… the fight is gonna happen soon.”
Hearn reiterated that the rematch will be held in Saudi Arabia.
“Absolutely it will,” Hearn told ESPN. “We have been in constant contact with Ruiz’s promoter and team about the rematch. Together we have written to all the governing bodies to confirm the date and location of the bout and the press conference will take place at the beginning of September.”
Hearn added that if Ruiz did not fight Joshua, there is a possibility that he (Ruiz) could face a “legal battle that could put him out of boxing for years.”
Hearn also said that there will be a news conference held in Saudi Arabia, followed by stops in both London and New York.
~ The Fighting Voice ~