Anthony Joshua promoter talks up Andy Ruiz Jr trilogy fight amid Kubrat Pulev uncertainty
Eddie Hearn has revealed a trilogy fight with Andy Ruiz Jr could soon be on the cards for Anthony Joshua. Joshua’s first reign as unified heavyweight champion came to a spectacular end at the hands of the Mexican last June at Madison Square Garden.
Ruiz Jr shocked the world on five weeks’ notice by dropping Joshua four times before referee Michael Griffin called a halt to proceedings in the seventh round.
Joshua, 30, exacted revenge on ‘The Destroyer’ last December in Saudi Arabia, outboxing him for 12 rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory.
A matter of minutes after his reign as unified heavyweight champion came to an end, Ruiz Jr immediately campaigned for a trilogy fight.
Those calls fell on deaf ears as Joshua was eventually booked for a summer showdown against Kubrat Pulev.
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He will fight everybody, and that probably includes a third fight with Ruiz at some point if he keeps winning or if he’s still around
Eddie Hearn on Anthony Joshua
The prospect of a rubber match between the pair was put to Hearn during an interview with FightHub TV, in which he admitted we could see Joshua and Ruiz lock horns again against at The World’s Most Famous Arena.
The Matchroom Boxing chief said: “I think a fight back at MSG is great to put the demons aside.
“Saudi don’t want him to go. They want him to fight every fight out there.
“Not at the moment,” said Hearn when asked about a third fight between Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.
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“He will fight everybody, and that probably includes a third fight with Ruiz at some point if he keeps winning or if he’s still around.
“Who knows what Ruiz is going to do? He’s made a lot of money. Maybe he sails off into the sunset.”
Joshua is tentatively scheduled to defend his unified titles against Bulgaria’s Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.
The coronavirus outbreak, however, could lead to the bout being delayed.
Hearn, however, already has a backup date locked down incase the fight can’t go ahead as planned.
During an appearance on Sky Sports: “We’ve got Anthony Joshua, who was due to go June 20, at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
“Really it relies on the run of the Premier League now, because if the Premier League extend their season, Spurs will need their stadium.
“We already have a reserve date that we’re discussing with Spurs of July 25 for Anthony Joshua against Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.”
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