With Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua still on a collision course, though a rematch date and location has yet to be confirmed, the talk between the two is starting to heat up.
In an interview today with Sky Sports, Joshua told the cameras and the world that he would whoop Ruiz in Tijuana if necessary.
“I’d fight in Tijuana and Ruiz’s uncle could be the referee and I would still whoop him,” Joshua said, before changing gears a bit and lightly pushing for the fight to be in the United Kingdom.
“It don’t matter to me where it is, there’s that aspect, but then there’s the other aspect of the British fans that have been riding with me from day one want to see me get them belts back.”
Ruiz, who stunningly upset Joshua on June 1 in New York, fired back on social media, saying if Joshua is so confident, maybe the fight should be in Mexico, an idea that he’s floated before:
AJ says he can “whoop” me in Tijuana prove it let’s run it in Mexico. Remember that you did have a huge reason to come to America and that was to build your profile. #Ruiz 2 #cherrypickgonewrong https://t.co/5ac3wD3O3f— AndyRuizjr (@Andy_destroyer1) August 6, 2019
Ruiz (33-1, 22 KO) and Joshua (22-1, 21 KO) weren’t expected to have one of the true biggest fights of the year when their replacement fight was put together on short notice this spring, but after the shocking outcome, it’s easily been boxing’s story of the year and became the most talked-about fight of 2019.
That means the rematch is going to have big-time attention and go in with the expectation of being a big fight. Though Ruiz and Joshua signed a rematch clause before the first fight, dictating who chooses what and who gets paid what and all that, the fact that this is a completely different promotion from the first time does mean that getting the date and venue choice right has been a bit of a task.
But everything is still expected to happen in November, at least for now, and personally I can’t wait. This rematch could go a lot of ways and there’s a lot of intrigue in these two clashing again.