After suffering one of the biggest boxing upsets of recent memory, Anthony Joshua is looking to settle the score against Andy Ruiz with a rematch planned for later in the year.
In his post-fight interview, Joshua was very clear in his ambitions to trigger the rematch clause in his contract, but made no excuses when it came to the cause of his upset defeat:
"It's an upset. One shot on top of the dome rattled me quite a bit. Tried to stay in there a few more rounds but the better man won. Respect to Andy and I move forward and look out for the end of the year," Joshua said before insisting he didn't overlook Ruiz. "I never underestimate anyone. He's a decent puncher, decent fighter. This was his chance, and I always say anyone who comes to box me is 50, 20 percent better than what we've seen. These guys are coming to win and he was the better man."
And now 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 II.
"After meetings with AJ, Rob Mc and the management team in NY, we have today triggered the contracted rematch clause with Andy Ruiz Jr." Hearn tweeted. "The fight will take place in Nov/Dec at a venue to be confirmed shortly."
November/December it is! Who are you backing in the rematch?