Andy Ruiz Jr. received a blunt response from Eddie Hearn after suggesting he could step in to face heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua in a trilogy bout.
Joshua was widely expected to face Tyson Fury in an all-British heavyweight unification bout, with the pair reportedly in the process of setting up a clash in Saudi Arabia.
However, in the final stages of negotiations, an arbitration court ordered Fury to face American heavyweight Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout instead. That bout is slated to take place next month in Las Vegas.
The decision left Joshua, arguably the biggest star in boxing, without a dance partner and a number of potential opponents were suggested.
One of those was Ruiz, who remains the only man to defeat Joshua after his stunning seventh-round demolition of the former Olympian champion back in 2019.
While Ruiz would lose to AJ in a rematch via unanimous decision, his victory remains one of the most shocking underdog victories in recent boxing history.
In a recent appearance on Mike Tyson’s ‘Hotboxin’ podcast, Ruiz claimed that he messaged Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn following the collapse in negotiations between AJ and Fury.
However, the Destroyer told Tyson that he only received a two-word reply from the Matchroom Sport chairman.
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“I messaged Eddie Hearn.
“I told him, ‘Hey, what’s up with the trilogy, me and Anthony Joshua?’
“The only thing he wrote was worried faces and, ‘Deja vu.'”
While both Ruiz and Dillian Whyte were rumoured to be in line to face Joshua next, it is instead expected that the Brit will face former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk moved up to heavyweight in 2019 and has already picked up wins over Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora. The Ukrainian is undefeated and has wins over the likes of Murat Gassiev, Tony Bellew and Michael Hunter.
The bout expected to take place in September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. It will be Usyk’s third bout at heavyweight and Joshua’s WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO belts will all be on the line.
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