British promoter insists ball is still in Joshua's court.
Matchroom Boxing's Eddie Hearn insists that despite the fact that his charge, Anthony Joshua no longer sits at boxing's premier division's top table. It is he, and not new champion, Andy Ruiz Jr who will decide on the location of their highly-anticipated rematch.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months. Everyone will be familiar with the fact that Joshua suffered a meteoric fall from grace at the hands of Ruiz Jr under the bright lights of hallowed boxing mecca that is the ring of Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 1st.
Ruiz Jr got up off of the canvas for the first time in his career in the third round of the bout en route to stopping Joshua in the seventh round. Producing arguably the biggest shock in the sport for this generation.
Naturally, Ruiz Jr's life transformed overnight. The first Mexican-American heavyweight champion has since gone onto claim that now he is the champion, Joshua and Hearn must now march to the beat of his drum, and not the other way around
Eddie Hearn however, states that whilst Joshua no longer holds the WBA, IBF & WBO world heavyweight titles, a contract is a contract. And, that Andy Ruiz knows what that contract details.
“Andy Ruiz Jr is an honorable stand up guy. He knows what he signed and it wasn’t unfair what he signed but he has contractual obligations that he has to meet now. Andy Ruiz was chosen from a group of people because we believed he would be the best most competitive fight for Anthony Joshua – we were right," Hearn told IFL TV.
“And then, if he was to win that fight, as set out in the contract there were a number of terms that he would have to adhere to. It’s very standard. It’s not, ‘oh that was out of order, he is the A-side now’.
"No, this was what was agreed by both parties. Negotiated and agreed. Joshua will be the one who ultimately decides where that fight takes place.”
Hearn has remained steadfast that the Principaity Stadium in Cardiff, the scene of Joshua's victories over Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker. Is the preferred venue, with November 29th sounded out as the most likely fight date.