📸 Ed Mulholland
Andy Ruiz Jr’s trainer Manny Robles has revealed the heavyweight champion would be willing to meet Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.
Ahead of the announcement by promoter Eddie Hearn on Monday, Robles didn’t rule out the fight happening in the Middle East.
The comments came on the back of speculation Ruiz was not happy with the confirmation of a second battle with AJ in Diriyah.
Speaking to Fighthype.com, Robles says he’s open to Ruiz taking on Joshua at any venue stipulated despited the silence.
“You haven’t heard anything from Andy Ruiz. There’s a reason why – right?
“You have one party saying, we’re fighting December 7th. You got the promoter going out on a limb saying we’re fighting December 7th in Saudi Arabia.
“But you haven’t heard anything from the other party. That’s Andy Ruiz so everybody has to hold off and wait.”
Pushed on the prospect of Saudi Arabia being rubberstamped to host, Robles added: “You know what, at the end of the day we’re willing to fight any place, anywhere. That’s what a true champion does. You know what I mean?
“If it means going to Wales, going to England, in this case going to Saudi Arabia or back to New York, we gotta do what we gotta do.”
There’s been criticism of the decision to take the fight away from the UK and United States since revealed on Friday.
Joshua originally stated he’d be willing to fight again in New York before Hearn pushed for home advantage.
When it became apparent Ruiz would not travel to Britain, Hearn and Joshua were forced to think outside the box.
That’s where a huge offer from Saudi Arabia came in. The return could be ratified this week once Ruiz accepts his side of the contract.
A purse in the region of $10m is guaranteed for the Mexican-American. Ruiz himself is holding out for more.
Should he digs his heels in, there’s more than enough cash floating around from the Saudi organizers for Ruiz to be more than happy to compete.
Lennox Lewis has aired his views on the recently announced Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua rematch in Saudi Arabia. Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn, Sky Sports and DAZN all confirmed the fight will take place in Diriyah on December 7. Joshua will bid to avenge a New York defeat to Ruiz at Madison Square Garden […]
Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. seems to be unhappy with the venue choice for the Anthony Joshua rematch if his social media blackout is anything to go by. Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing and DAZN made the return announcement on Friday before confirming a press conference for Monday. It was revealed Ruiz v Joshua 2 would […]