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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr rematch confirmed for November or December

A rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr has been confirmed for November or December.

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, announced the contracted rematch clause was triggered on Tuesday and the second fight will take place in November or December, with a venue still to be confirmed.

“After meetings with AJ, Rob Mc [Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken] and the management team in NY, we have today triggered the contracted rematch clause with Andy Ruiz Jnr. The fight will take place in Nov/Dec at a venue to be confirmed shortly,” wrote Hearn in a tweet

The British/Nigerian boxer suffered a shocking defeat, the first of his career when he was stopped by Mexico's Ruiz Jr in the seventh round at the Madison Square Garden over the weekend.

After Saturday's fight, Hearn said he would want a rematch to take place in the UK. He also reconfirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

“My gut feeling was the UK but not guaranteed,” he said. “We have to look at everything. The people at [broadcaster] DAZN and Madison Square Garden would like to do part two in the US. Joshua came to Andy Ruiz’s country for the first fight so it kind of makes sense to the second fight in the UK. So we’ll see.”

Joshua will be hoping to win back his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr when they meet again later this year.

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