Andy Ruiz Jr. has signed paperwork for Anthony Joshua to finalize rematch
By Charles Brun: Andy Ruiz Jr. and his management reps have signed the paperwork to finalize his rematch with Anthony Joshua for December 7, according to ESPN. The rematch will be taking place at an outdoor stadium on the 7th of December in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is the rematch that Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn wanted.
If it doesn’t work out well for them in the end, they may end up regretting that the chose to force rematch with Ruiz. As saying goes, ‘be careful for what you wish for.’ Ruiz Jr. is like a big shark, and he’s going to be ready to looking to stop Joshua a second time in the rematch.
Matchroom filed a lawsuit against Ruiz over the rematch on Thursday. However, following an agreement by Ruiz, the lawsuit was canceled on Friday, according to Mike Coppinger.
Ruiz getting his deal sweetened for Joshua rematch
IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Ruiz Jr. (33-1, 22 KOs) was looking to get a better financial package for the rematch after Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn selected Saudi Arabia as the country for the fight to be staged. Hearn got a good deal in taking the rematch to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Ruiz not surprisingly wanted to have his purse bumped up a little.
Ruiz, 29, had dragged his feet recently in agreeing to fight Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) in Saudi Arabia. Months ago, Joshua exercised his rematch clause with Ruiz after losing by a seventh round knockout on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Although rematch clause is said to have the particulars about Ruiz’s purse written in for the second fight, he still pushed to have his deal improved for the second fight. Further, Ruiz also wanted the “rematch guaranteed in writing,” according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Ruiz getting more money is clearly wanted he wanted, and he’s gotten his wish. The fight can now take place on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.
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