Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Hearn: Joshua will face Ruiz in rematch

Hearn: Joshua will face Ruiz in rematch

Joshua endured one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he was knocked down four times by Ruiz, with the referee eventually calling an end to the fight in the seventh round.

After meeting with Joshua and his trainer/adviser Robert McCracken, his promoter, Matchroom Boxing's Eddie Hearn, took to social media where he announced that there will be a Joshua-Ruiz rematch.

Joshua had met with promoter Eddie Hearn and trainer Rob McCracken in NY before he released the video on his YouTube account, entitled "my loss from my side".

Hearn said shortly after the fight Saturday that the expected rematch would likely be held in the United Kingdom, where all of Joshua's bouts had taken place before he made his United States debut at MSG. The heavyweight division was blown wide open when the massive underdog Mexican shocked the world to take the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles.

After the fight, Joshua made it clear that he meant to exercise his right to an immediate rematch and on Tuesday, his camp made it official. There was a lot of issues going on with this fight with Jarrell Miller, (Luiz) Ortiz pulling out, (Andy) Ruiz stepping in, but it all makes for the drama show, the entertainment of heavyweight boxing.

While concluding his thoughts, Foreman added that there's no reason to take Joshua out of the conversation as the best heavyweight in the world, claiming that he'll bet on him next time now that he's working with "the fear of being defeated".

"I had no panic attack", the 29-year-old said in video posted online on Wednesday.

"I took my first [professional] loss".

Joshua had targeted a rematch straight after the defeat, calling the loss a "minor setback".

"It's a minor setback, if that's what you want to call it", Joshua, 29, said on Saturday of his loss (via ESPN). "If it's there, we'll go again and I'll get the titles back".

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