Anthony Joshua could fight Andy Ruiz for THIRD time as Eddie Hearn teases trilogy bout with the Mexican fighter after the world champion avenged his shock defeat in their rematch last year
- Anthony Joshua could be set for a trilogy against Andy Ruiz, Eddie Hearn says
- The heavyweight’s promoter said his star man will ‘fight everyone’ in the future
- Joshua dominated the Mexican in December to become world champion again
- Ruiz shocked him last June by stopping him in the seventh round in New York
- But Hearn questioned whether Ruiz still had the drive to compete for world titles
Anthony Joshua may lock horns with Andy Ruiz Jr once again in the future after his promoter Eddie Hearn teased a trilogy.
Joshua took Ruiz apart in their December rematch to round off a dominant points victory and become a two-time world champion in Saudi Arabia – avenging his shocking loss to the Mexican, who had stopped him in New York months earlier.
With both men winning one fight each, Ruiz had immediately called for a third bout to settle the contest, although many fans are hoping for Joshua to instead take on Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder instead in a mega undisputed fight.
Anthony Joshua overpowered Andy Ruiz Jr in December to become two-time world champion
His promoter Eddie Hearn (C) said the pair could lock horns for a third time in the future
But Hearn has suggested that Joshua and Ruiz could eventually share a ring together again, saying the 30-year-old will ‘fight everyone’, including Ruiz. But he had doubts over whether the Mexican was ready for a huge fight again after making a sizeable profit from his first two fights with the Brit.
‘He will fight everybody, and that probably includes a third fight with Ruiz at some point if he keeps winning or if he’s still around,’ he told Fighthub. ‘Who knows what Ruiz is going to do? He’s made a lot of money. Maybe he sails off into the sunset.
‘It’s not just the partying, it’s the traveling, talk shows, party, media, game show, Jimmy Kimmel, and that drains you. That’s one of the things that AJ did wrong. He did too much of that. It’s like an obligation of being a champion.’
Ruiz shocked AJ in the first fight last June to become the first ever Mexican world champion
But Joshua won back his world titles from the Mexican after a dominant display in Saudi Arabia
In the aftermatch of Joshua’s victory last year, many pointed to Ruiz’s figure and said he looked out of shape after weighing in at 20st 3lbs and admitting he had eaten and partied too much following his famous win at Madison Square Garden last June.
‘I think I ate everything… that’s why I gained so much weight,’ Ruiz said. ‘I was having too much fun, I was celebrating too much. Even out of shape, even the way that I was training back and forth (between Mexico and California)… f******, I did pretty good, dude! I did pretty good! But, I wish I had taken it more serious.’
But Hearn believes Ruiz simply came up against an improved fighter in Joshua and was beaten by the better man who had prepared meticulously – adding that his weight had nothing to do with him losing.
The promoter said Ruiz was simply beaten by the better man despite criticism over his weight
‘I don’t think Ruiz partied while training at all,’ said Hearn. ‘In fact, what he should have done is what AJ did. AJ had loads of excuses for June 1. He never mentioned one of them, right? But Ruiz said, “I did this, I did that”. What he should have said is, “I got beat by the better man. I’ll be back. Congratulations”.
‘It’s not that he came in 10lbs heavier, it’s that Joshua boxed a different fight. At the open workout on Wednesday, everybody, including me I have to say, looked at Ruiz and said, “f*** me, he looks so fast and so dangerous”. On the night, AJ schools him and everyone says, “He was out of shape”.
‘If AJ traded in that fight and got knocked out, no one would have mentioned it. They would have said, “Andy Ruiz is a killer”, but it was the game plan. It was a guy [Joshua] that dedicated himself to that fight for six months vs. a guy that dedicated himself for that fight for eight weeks.’
The Mexican looked out of shape as he lost comfortably to the British fighter in their rematch
Some boxing fans might have reservations about another fight between the pair, with a handful saying the rematch wasn’t entertaining to watch as Joshua adapted his style from explosive to cautious as he kept moving and outboxed Ruiz.
Even Joshua had worried that the fight wasn’t exciting enough, but Hearn insisted that sometimes fighters have to be ‘a little bit smart’.
‘He came up to me and said “Was it a bit boring though?”. I said, “F*** that. Are you mad? Look at your face”. I said, “All that money you made. You got hit four times in the whole fight. Most of them were around the back of the head”. So sometimes you’ve got to be a little bit smart.’
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