Andy Ruiz’s trainer reacts to Saudi Arabia rematch
By Dan Ambrose: Andy Ruiz’s trainer Manny Robles says boxing fans need to wait and see what Andy has to say about his rematch with Anthony Joshua. Robles states that Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has gone out on the limb by making a one-sided announcement about the Joshua-Ruiz rematch taking place on December 7 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. However, IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) still needs to speak to say whether the fight will be taking place then and in that location.
If Matchroom promoter Hearn has “jumped the gun” a little too soon in announcing the news of the location and date for the Ruiz Jr. vs. Joshua rematch, he’s going to look silly in front of the world. What boxing fans want to know is why would Hearn say the Joshua-Ruiz 2 rematch is a done deal when Ruiz and his team hasn’t signed off on it? Is Hearn so eager for a money grabthat he would be willing to stage the fight in a location that”ll make it difficult for a lot of Joshua and Ruiz’s loyal fans to make the long trip?
Ruiz Jr. wants a better purse split
Hearn has been given a huge money offer from Saudi organizers to bring the rematch to that country. Ruiz’s purse is stated to be around $9 million, and Joshua’s purse over $60+ million. It’s rumored to be up to $90 million. That obviously looks bad, given that Joshua is the defeated fighter facing a three-belt world champion. If the purse split is 90-10 in favor of Joshua, then obviously that’s not a great deal for Ruiz. It’s not surprising then that he would want a better deal.
“You haven’t heard anything from Andy Ruiz, and there’s a reason why,” said Ruiz’s trainer Manny Robles to Fighthype. “You’ve got one party saying we’re fighting on December 7th. You’ve got the promoter [Eddie Hearn] going out on the limb saying we’re fighting December 7th in Saudi Arabia, but you haven’t heard anything from the other party, which is Andy Ruiz. Everybody has got to hold off and wait. I don’t have that information. We’re willing to fight any place, anywhere. That’s what a true champion does. If we’ve got to go to Wales or England, let’s say Saudi Arabia or back to New York, then we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do,” said Robles.
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