Eddie Hearn, promoter for Anthony Joshua, has a very good idea on where his company will stage the anticipated rematch with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz.
The initial bout took place in June, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with Ruiz pulling off a major upset by stopping Joshua in the seventh round. Joshua went down four times in the bout.
Joshua exercised his option for an immediate rematch, and his side of the equation has the power to select the location and venue.
The Principality Stadium in Cardiff is still in the front space to host, with a tentative date of December 14 being kicked around.
“I know, I think, where the fight is going, but I just have to wait for some paperwork to be tied up and then we’ll make an announcement,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“Cardiff is still a major option. We have two or three other options around the world for neutral venues. Neutral venues would give us a lot less headache with Andy Ruiz, but if it’s Wales, it’s Wales, and that’s where the fight will be. But we’re just waiting for some paperwork to be tied up and then [Ruiz] will be alerted as to where that venue is.”
Hearn is well aware that Ruiz and his handlers are not in favor of having the fight on UK soil.
“They don’t want to come to the UK, they never have,” Hearn said.
“Contractually we know our position, but we want to make sure we get the fight done. We want to respect Andy Ruiz, but we’ll decide where the venue is.
“A neutral venue, he would be a lot happier with. I think I can rule out America, right now. Cardiff is still the frontrunner, it’s still the favourite.”