Anthony Joshua sticks – rather than twists, USA rematch gathers pace
World Boxing News has learned a rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua is on course to land back in the United States.
WBN understands DAZN are keen to bring Joshua back across the Atlantic for a second installment with the new unified champion.
The fighter himself has already confirmed facing Ruiz at Madison Square Garden again would interest him.
Joshua is remaining with trainer Robert McCracken, as previously announced, as the 29 year-old bids to come back with a vengeance.
“How to explain that feeling? – It’s happened to me before. I feel like those losses suffered years back made me a stronger person. It hasn’t really changed me. My work ethic or mindset and what I stand for,” Joshua said in a recent video released by his team.
“The people I’m still loyal to. My trainer Robert McCracken and my amateur coach at Finch ABC. I still want to work with these guys. They are still going to teach me everything I need to know.
“They’ve done a great job for me, not only inside the boxing ring but mainly as a human. They have really developed me as a person. That’s important. These guys have been with me for years. My whole management team and to my supporters as well.
“I’m not going to change on you, act any different and change my ways. I’m still me, the same old Anthony Joshua.
“The same motivation of trying to better myself through boxing.”
The venue for Ruiz v Joshua was never a foregone conclusion at any moment, even when promoter Eddie Hearn stated in the ring the UK would stage in November or December.
DAZN have a massive say in what goes down since Hearn agreed to sign with the company. This is due to the massive amounts of money involved.
The Principality Stadium in Cardiff would be the top choice for the UK, although with DAZN bosses eyeing new subscriptions, Wales is not ideal.
Wembley is out of commission due to weather fears, although even with the National Stadium secured, a big slice of US interest would be conceded.
Talks remain ongoing, with Ruiz hopeful his own dream Mexican option can be part of the discussions moving forward.