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Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch expected to be finalized next week

Eddie Hearn says the rematch will take place between November 16 and December 14.

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

According to a report by Sky Sports, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn is expecting to put the finishing touches on the immediate rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua held an immediate rematch clause when he first took on Ruiz, losing all of his world titles, and will look to get right back on the horse this fall.

Hearn has said that he anticipates the fight taking place between November 16 and December 14, and that he’s already received multiple offers from venues to stage the rematch — with the U.K. being his personal preference — but also saying that Joshua isn’t opposed to returning to New York to run it back.

“I can’t tell you too much, just because I don’t know other than, between November 16 and December 14 will be the date of the fight. We’ve had offers from five different countries to stage the fight. For me, it’s a straight decision between the UK or America.

“Anthony feels as though it would be special to rewrite history and get the win at Madison Square Garden. It’s really not about the money so much, it’s just about where we believe this fight should take place and those decisions will be made in the next week.”

Some in the boxing world believe that Joshua might not want to jump right back into an immediate rematch with Ruiz, but if he were to let this opportunity pass him by he could be risking all of his leverage at a surefire shot to regain all the belts he lost. At this point it seems clear that the immediate rematch will happen, but where is it best suited?

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