In this interview with iFL TV, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn covers a few of the latest topics in boxing, including the current status of Andy Ruiz’s rematch with Anthony Joshua. Check out what Hearn had to say about what it took to get that rematch over the line and his promise that the fight will be as big as some of the most iconic heavyweight fights we’ve ever seen.
Hearn on Andy Ruiz finally acknowledging the rematch with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia and what all the back-and-forth was about:
“A bit of mind games, a little bit of negotiation, probably people in his ear. The only disappointing thing about what happened was we kept his team in the loop about where it was gonna be, and we gave them effectively the choice of the U.K. or Saudi, and they wanted Saudi.
“So when we announced it, it was like ‘hey, we’re not going to Saudi’ — that wasn’t coming from them, that was coming from Andy Ruiz. So we had to make sure he was happy, obviously we had a contract that we were prepared to enforce. There were a few things that we wanted him to do commercially in Saudi as part of the deal, so he was compensated extra for that as well. And there was stuff about security, the commission, drug testing. Once all that was taken care of, and I think he knew he wasn’t able to pull a fast one or make a move, he said ‘okay, let’s do it.’
“And now you are about to see one of the biggest heavyweight fights of all time. The world will stop to watch this fight and I know people think I’m crazy. I’m telling you, this is another Thrilla in Manila, this is another Rumble in the Jungle, in an obscure place where the world will be watching on the back of the sand dunes in Saudi Arabia. Press conference next week: Saudi Arabia, New York, London. Trust me when I say this is one of the biggest heavyweight events of all time.”