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Frank Warren: Joshua Should Regroup, Not Take Ruiz Rematch

Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has questioned rival Anthony Joshua’s ability to regain his place among the world’s leading heavyweight boxers.

Warren urged the Londoner not to take a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, who defeated him in New York earlier this month as a late replacement following Jarrell Miller’s positive drug test.

“I do have my doubts,” Warren told BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek. “I don’t think he should take the rematch. Maybe he should take some time out and regroup, I don’t know.

“That’s his decision. But he’ll be fighting a guy who next time will have more than five weeks’ notice and go into a proper training camp.

“I’m not going to say or make any predictions about the shape of his body, but he’s got fast hands and I believe he’s got Joshua’s number.

“He’s taken Joshua’s best shot and he knows he has the punching power to do damage to Anthony Joshua.”

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Warren said he did not know who Fury will fight next, but that it would be someone “in the top five” – adding that he expects the British boxer to fight American Deontay Wilder early next year.

Fury said after his second-round stoppage of Germany’s Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on Saturday night that dates of September 21 or October 5 had been agreed in principle for his next bout.

“First of all we’ll see who’s available and we’ll work on that over the next week and we’ll make it happen,” Warren said. “I genuinely do not have a name at the moment.

“It’s highly probable that (Wilder v Fury) fight will happen early next year.

“I can’t go into the details. I don’t think the problem is the money, all parties want to make this fight happen.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Straightener on 06-17-2019

It’s risky business taking a rematch but it’s got to be done Joshua needs to start fighting more often if he manages get past Ruiz 9 months between fights is too long

Comment by HitmanTommy on 06-17-2019

AJ can't do that. Can't run from an obese dude that eats snickers all of the time. Running from the rematch would only hurt his image even more.

Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 06-17-2019

Everyone who doesn't like Joshua or who previously wanted him to fail - always says he shouldn't take the Ruiz fight next... Suspicious? It's because if he wins he gets all his belts back and becomes more bankable than any…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 06-17-2019

Ruiz was in actual better fighting shape than AJ was having fought a month before. AJ hadn't fought for nine months which I was never cool with..but sure thing Frank.

Comment by Shadoww702 on 06-17-2019

WTF he’s smoking??? Ruiz just fought so he basically had 2 camps not just 5 weeks. AJ had the long layoff and didn’t come prepared

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