Andy Ruiz Jr stunned Anthony Joshua to stop him in the seventh round .

Eddie Hearn denies fan theories about Anthony Joshua's health going into Andy Ruiz Jr fight

Published Add your comment

Football News

Promoter Eddie Hearn plans to lure Andy Ruiz Jr to the UK for a rematch with Anthony Joshua.

The new IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion caused one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history on Saturday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where he stunned Joshua to stop him in the seventh round.

A rematch clause is likely to be exercised for a date in November or December – when Joshua had already planned to again fight in the event of victory – but where his unsuccessful United States debut had been intended to continue building his profile, it is where he remains undefeated that the rematch is likely to be staged.

Joshua’s previous fight had been at Wembley Stadium, but its lack of a roof and the UK winter is likely to rule out a return there. The roof at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium therefore makes a third fight there probable, as is a return to an indoor arena such as London’s O2.

“We didn’t know what was coming next, in November, December, now we do,” said Hearn. “But there’s a lot of pressure on that fight; the rematch is huge.

“For me, it should be the UK, but we’ll sit down as a team and look at everything.

“I know it didn’t go our way but we said we wanted to create a night that people would remember for a long time; unfortunately they’ll remember it for a shock defeat and an incredible night of boxing.

“But that’s OK; revenge will be sweet and I believe he’ll get it.”

The dust is firmly settling after a shock evening in America, but questions still remain over AJ's head about his fitness and wellbeing going into the fight.

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr.

A lot of fans have been saying he wasn't 100% and shouldn't have been fighting at all, but Hearn has put some of those rumours to bed.

The three rumours that the promoter has officially put to bed are: AJ had concussion going into the fight, he was knocked out in sparring, and he suffered a pre-fight panic attack.

All three had been suggested by fight fans, but it seems none of them are accurate, well, according to Hearn that is.

Maybe it was just a bad night at the office after all.

Andy Ruiz Jr
Eddie Hearn
Anthony Joshua

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again