Anthony Joshua may close horns with Andy Ruiz Jr again in the future after his promoter Eddie Hearn teased a trilogy.
Joshua broke up Ruiz in their December rematch to complete a dominant run victory and become a two-time world champion in Saudi Arabia, avenging his shocking loss to the Mexican, who had held him back in New York months earlier.
With both men winning one fight each, Ruiz had immediately called for a third fight to settle the match, although many fans hope Joshua will take on Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder instead in a mega undisputed fight.
Anthony Joshua overpowered Andy Ruiz Jr in December to become two-time world champion
His promoter Eddie Hearn (C) said the pair could lock horns for the third time in the future
But Hearn has suggested that Joshua and Ruiz could eventually share a ring again, saying the 30-year-old will “ fight everyone, ” including Ruiz. But he doubted the Mexican was ready for a massive fight again after making a significant profit from his first two fights with the Brit.
“He will fight with everyone, and that will likely include a third fight with Ruiz at some point if he continues to win or if he’s still there,” he said. Fighthub. “Who knows what Ruiz is going to do? He made a lot of money. Maybe he sails into the sunset.
“It’s not just partying, it’s traveling, talk shows, party, media, game show, Jimmy Kimmel, and that exhausts you. That’s one of the things AJ has done wrong. He did that too much. It is like an obligation to be a champion. ‘
Ruiz shocked AJ in the first fight last June to become the first-ever Mexican world champion
But Joshua reclaimed his world titles from the Mexican after a dominant display in Saudi Arabia
In the aftermath of Joshua’s win last year, many pointed to Ruiz’s figure saying that he looked out of shape after weighing 20 pounds and admitted to overeating and partying after his famous win at Madison Square Garden last June.
“I think I ate everything … that’s why I got so heavy,” said Ruiz. “I had too much fun, I celebrated too much. Even out of shape, even the way I trained back and forth (between Mexico and California) … f ******, I did pretty well, dude! I did pretty well! But I wish I had taken it more seriously. ‘
But Hearn believes that in Joshua, Ruiz just ran into an improved fighter and was beaten by the better man who had carefully prepared – adding that his weight had nothing to do with losing him.
The promoter said Ruiz was just beaten by the better man, despite criticism for his weight
“I don’t think Ruiz partied while training,” Hearn said. “What he really should have done is what AJ did. AJ had many apologies for June 1. He never mentioned one, right? But Ruiz said, “I did this, I did that.” What he should have said is, “I’ve been defeated by the better man. I’ll be back. Congratulations.”
“It’s not that he’s put on 10 pounds, it’s that Joshua played another fight. During the open training on Wednesday everyone, including I must say, looked at Ruiz and said “f *** me, he looks so fast and so dangerous”. At night AJ teaches him and everyone says “He was out of shape”.
“If AJ had traded in that fight and been eliminated, no one would have mentioned it. They would have said, “Andy Ruiz is a murderer,” but it was the game plan. It was a boy [Joshua] that started six months before that fight vs. a man who is committed to that fight for eight weeks. ‘
The Mexican looked out of shape when he comfortably lost to the British fighter during their retake
Some boxing fans may have reservations about another fight between the pair, with a handful that the rematch wasn’t amusing to watch as Joshua changed his style from explosive to cautious as he kept moving and outboxed Ruiz.
Even Joshua was afraid the fight wasn’t exciting enough, but Hearn insisted that hunters should be “a little smart” at times.
“He came up to me and said,” Was it a little boring? “. I said, “F *** that. Are you crazy? Look at your face.” I said, “All the money you made. You were hit four times in the whole fight. Most were around the back of the head.” So sometimes you have to be a little smart. ‘