On Monday, at a press conference in London, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn announced that Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua 2 would take place on December 7 in Saudi Arabia. The first fight, which was in New York City at Madison Square Garden back in June, ended with Joshua getting stopped by Ruiz.
For Ruiz to get the first fight with Joshua, he had to agree to a rematch clause, and according to Hearn, Ruiz knows what he agreed to in the contract, and Ruiz knows that Joshua’s side would determine where the rematch will be staged. However, Ruiz has an issue with the location of rematch.
“AJ got the rematch, yes we do got the rematch,” Ruiz said in an Instagram video on Tuesday. “But, it’s gonna be on my terms. We’re gonna bring it back here in the United States.”
Also, there were reports that Ruiz is unhappy with his purse, which will reportedly be around $9 million.
Former world champion Timothy Bradley gave his thoughts on this issue, and according to Bradley, Ruiz’s handlers should not have agreed to certain terms in the contract.
“You signed a contract, man, and when you sign that contract, man, your people gotta be smarter than that, bro,” Bradley said. “Come on, man. You sign a contract for money after you win the fight. Bro, you shouldn’t of put nothing in there. You should of just said, ‘nah, will do the rematch clause, but we not going to talk figures. That’s how you do it. You don’t put a figure there; you know what I’m saying? Because if you pull off upset, and you put the figure, and now, you are binded(bound) by the contract. That’s what happens.”
Bradley did have a little advice for Ruiz.
“So, he’s going to do whatever he needs to do to try to get more money, be stubborn,” Bradley said. “He’s the champ now, and he’s going to do what he needs to do to get that extra money. I think he’s gonna get that extra money no matter what, he will. Hey, hold your ground; they need you.”
It should be interesting how this saga plays out. On the surface, it would seem that Ruiz does not have much leverage, but as Bradley said, they need Ruiz, so in the end, Ruiz will probably get a little extra money and make his way over to Saudi Arabia on December 7.