Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Rematch Set for Late 2019

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A rematch between Anthony Joshua and his conqueror Andy Ruiz Jr will take place in November or December, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said.

American-born Mexican Ruiz produced one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight boxing history to take Joshua’s IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles in New York on Saturday.

A rematch clause was part of the contract for the fight, and Hearn said the clause had been triggered on Tuesday after talks.

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“After meetings with AJ, Rob Mc[Cracken – Joshua’s trainer] and the management team in NY, we have today triggered the contracted rematch clause with Andy Ruiz Jr,”Hearn said on Twitter.

“The fight will take place in Nov/Dec at a venue to be confirmed shortly.”

British fighter Joshua, 29, was floored four times as Ruiz defied his underdog status to win in seven rounds at Madison Square Garden.

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The previously undefeated fighter subsequently had a concussion test after the first defeat of his 23-fight career.

The new champion, who was born in the United States but fights under the Mexican flag, has previously said he will take a rematch at any time.

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In a post-fight news conference, Joshua was asked about potential fights with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

“I still want to compete with those men but a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr is where we are at,” he said.

“I’m still a champ and I will rectify it to get the belts back.”

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