Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world this past Saturday by dropping Anthony Joshua in the seventh round. Joshua was considered the overwhelming favorite to win the fight, however Ruiz ended up taking the win and became the unified WBA, WBO, IBO, and IBF heavyweight champion.
Now it seams as if promoters are looking to capitalize on the success of the fight. Promoter Eddie Hearn made sure to tweet out details about a rematch looking to take place in either November or December.
After meetings with AJ, Rob Mc and the management team in NY, we have today triggered the contracted rematch clause with Andy Ruiz Jnr. The fight will take place in Nov/Dec at a venue to be confirmed shortly.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 4, 2019
A venue hasn’t been announced as of yet, but there’s a possibility that it could take place in England, considering Joshua’s from there.
“My gut feeling was the UK but not guaranteed,” he said. “We have to look at everything. The people at [broadcaster] DAZN and Madison Square Garden would like to do part two in the US. Joshua came to Andy Ruiz’s country for the first fight so it kind of makes sense to the second fight in the UK. So we’ll see.”
However, on Monday, Ruiz said that he would prefer to fight in Mexico, Los Angeles or New York. “I’m the champion, I call the shots now,” he said.