Anthony Johsua’s rematch against Andy Ruiz, a huge risk— AJ’s promoter

Eddie Hearn has admitted that deposed world champion, Anthony Joshua, will be taking a massive risk when he steps back in to the ring for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joshua will decide this week where he will seek to gain revenge over the Mexican who relieved him of his heavyweight world titles with stunning win in New York last month.

A December 14 showdown in Cardiff is the likely choice for the British boxer. But his promoter can understand why pundits argue AJ would be better off taking another route.

“They’re probably right,” Hearn conceded. “But he had a contractual rematch and you do not get many opportunities to become the heavyweight world champion.

“He says, ‘I should have beaten Andy Ruiz that night. I performed poorly and I lost the fight. So I am going to beat him next time and be a two-time heavyweight world champion. Give me that fight now! That is his instruction. The training team believe they are favourites in that fight, too.”

“It is going to be very difficult but if you are favourite in a fight to win the unified heavyweight world championship you’ve got to be taking it, and that’s where we are at.”

Hearn confirmed speculation that Cardiff’s Principality Stadium is the most likely venue for the rematch, adding, “Anthony doesn’t care where he has it, but he has to make the decision and I am not making it for him.

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