By Victor Salazar
New York - The boxing world is still buzzing about the recent heavyweight upset that happened at Madison Square Garden - when Andy Ruiz (33-1, 22 KO’s) stopped Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21 KO’s.
A few days later, Joshua invoked his rematch clause. Joshua has told his promoter Eddie Hearn that he wants the rematch back in New York. Hearn does not agree.
"AJ wouldn't be doing the wrong thing," Hearn told BoxingScene.com. "I admire his mindset to want to back to the US but he wouldn’t be doing anything wrong in taking the fight in the UK.”
Ultimately Joshua doesn't want that night to be remembered as his only Madison Square Garden moment.
"Joshua said... 'wouldn’t it be unbelievable if we were to right the wrong at the place it all went wrong,'" stated Hearn.
"I want the fight to be in the UK. The Garden, that night, it would always be there so I understand why he wants the fight there. We must win this fight. He said we're going to win this fight. Ultimately AJ will be the one to decide."
Hearn said that Joshua was back in the gym preparing because this time its different. This time he is the challenger.
"He had few days of sulking," explained the promoter. "He's excited about his return. You're a challenger now. He has to be excited."
Ruiz has stated that he wants $50 million dollars to fight Joshua in the United Kingdom.
Hearn understands the logic and hopes a deal can be made for the fight to happen in the UK. But it ultimately falls on one person - Anthony Joshua.
"Ruiz wants the fight here, it'd be a bigger advantage," Hearn said of Ruiz.
"You fought Ruiz in his home country and he should fight you in yours, but it will ultimately fall on Joshua on where the fight is."