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Andy Ruiz Jr. still refusing to acknowledge AJ rematch

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Andy Ruiz Jr. has yet to go public, with a recent announcement by Eddie Hearn of a rematch with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.

Hearn staged a two-person press conference on Monday, confirming the fight will go ahead in the Middle East on December 7.

Since the return was ratified last Friday, Ruiz has refused to acknowledge any notion of the ‘Clash on the Dunes’ through social media. Before the weekend, the world heavyweight champion was highly active on his newly-found platform.

Opening the account around the time of the first fight and subsequently being blue-ticked by Twitter, Ruiz has amassed a staggering amount of followers during that time. Ruiz is closing in on 120,000 fans. But has so far not been ready to enlighten them on his thoughts.

The 29 year-old stunned the boxing world when ripping Joshua’s belts away on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.

Andy Ruiz Jr.
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A second installment has been on the cards for some time since Hearn and AJ invoked a clause in the contract. It’s one hundred percent certain the encounter is on. Ruiz has signed the agreement – says Hearn. The Mexican-American’s lack of promotion or even recognition of the bout speaks volumes.

Wanting Mexico or the United States to host, it seems Hearn’s conversations with Saudi investors have blindsided Ruiz. At the very least, Ruiz hoped New York or California could secure the rights to stage fight II.

Now, Hearn’s left-field selection may have somewhat caught Ruiz off guard. Al Haymon, who handles Ruiz’s affairs, is not thought to be entirely happy either.

Both fighters will be in for a new experience when they line up to trade in Diriyah. Joshua, the pre-fight favorite, has a one hundred percent loss record on the road. This fact is due to the 2012 Olympic gold medalist previously opting not to tread outside the UK.

Ruiz has fought three times away from Mexico and the USA for his part. He won twice in Macau before being defeated controversially by Joseph Parker in New Zealand.

The longer Ruiz stays silent, the less likely his own supporters will embrace the contest. This is something Hearn will want addressed.

As things stand, Ruiz v Joshua II is happening in Saudi Arabia, like it or not. And the sooner the champion is on board, the better it will be for promoting what is becoming a Marmite event.

Phil Jay is the Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay.