ANDY RUIZ is one of the unlikeliest heavyweight champions in history after winning the WBA, IBF and WBO titles and stopping Anthony Joshua in seven rounds inside New York’s Madison Garden. The new champion refused to commit to an immediate rematch at the post-fight press conference, insisting he would leave that for his team to decide. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, seemed more certain that the rematch clause in the contract will be triggered.
“Joshua will be devastated when all this hits him, all he’ll want is the chance to put it right,” said Hearn, who insisted there will be no issue with the sanctioning bodies stripping Ruiz should he take on Joshua in his next fight.
“For now Joshua is genuinely pleased for Andy Ruiz. You know that 22 fights in, he’s still learning the sport of boxing. He’s always been learning on the job. Unfortunately, when you’re learning on the job, things can go wrong. He understands sport, he understands boxing and he got beaten by the better man.