Andy Ruiz Jr. wants $50 MILLION for Anthony Joshua rematch on UK soil
Andy Ruiz Jr. has laid down the gauntlet to promoter Eddie Hearn and former opponent Anthony Joshua over a possible rematch in 2019.
The 29 year-old shocked the world when taking out Joshua last week to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion.
A clause in the contract stipulated the second fight must happen, although details have so far been sketchy.
WBN understands the UK was positioned as a solid destination when the ink was dry. But also that there may be some scope for Ruiz and Al Haymon to demand an alternative.
If so, Ruiz may push for home advantage in Mexico or Los Angeles respectively.
“I’m willing to go over there or if he wants to come over here. I have the upper advantage right now. I know that’s what (Joshua) says,” Ruiz told Fight Hub TV.
“As long as I talk to Al Haymon and my team, we’re going to figure it out where.
“It really doesn’t matter where, as long as we get back in the ring if we show the fans what they want to see.
“I’d love to have it (back at Madison Square Garden, venue for the first fight) or in LA. I have to look at the contract. I’m the champion. I call the shots now. So we’re going to see what happens.
“I’d love it to be here in the United States or in Mexico you know. It all depends on the team and what they negotiate.”
On when the fight will happen, Ruiz added: “Yeah as they say November or December.
“Right now my team, they’re negotiating everything right now. I’ve just got to stay busy, stay healthy and be ready for the rematch.
“If they want me to go over there, they’ve got to give me $50million. If they want to come over here, It’s just negotiations – you know.”
The demands of Ruiz are highly unlikely to transpire as he’d hoped. Joshua and his team would have put certain provisions in place for a purse split.
Ruiz can expect far more than the $7 million he pocketed for the first fight, though, with double figures firmly on the cards.
As WBN previously reported, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium is the most obvious venue to stage the return.