Opinion | Jun 13 2019

Is Anthony Joshua right to take an immediate rematch with Andy Ruiz?

How much of a risk is Anthony Joshua taking going straight into a rematch with Andy Ruiz? John Dennen asks fighters and promoters
Joshua vs Ruiz
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THE shock of Andy Ruiz’s victory over Anthony Joshua is still reverberating round the boxing world. He sensationally toppled the Briton inside seven rounds at Madison Square Garden on June 1. With that win the plump Mexican not only plucked away Joshua’s WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles but he became an instant cult hero, appearing on major US television shows and even feted by the president of Mexico. There is no doubt that rematch will be a huge event. But is it the right move for Joshua to go straight into it after such a significant reverse?

That’s what his promoter Eddie Hearn has indicated they will do. They have triggered their rematch clause. “We can announce that we’ve confirmed the rematch [for November or December of this year]. For me the UK feels like the right place to do this,” he said. “Respect to Andy Ruiz, it was a great performance. We knew he’d be dangerous that’s why we picked him. We wanted to give everyone a great fight.”

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Ruiz harries Joshua in their world title fight

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