Eddie Hearn, promoter for British superstar Anthony Joshua, is already in talks for three potential locations, all in the UK, for the fall rematch with Andy Ruiz.
On June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Ruiz secured one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he stopped Joshua in the seventh round to capture the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world heavyweight titles.
Joshua was dropped four times before bout was waved off in the seventh round.
The rematch clause has been exercised by Joshua, and their second fight will be one of the most anticipated bouts of the year.
“There are discussions for White Hart Lane, Wembley and Cardiff [Principality],” Hearn told iFL TV .
“I think AJ likes the Wembley fight, obviously he’s had a lot of good nights there, but in November the weather is not the best, potentially. But does that suit us more? I don’t know how Andy Ruiz likes it in the rain.”
As BoxingScene.com previously reported, Joshua is very interested in heading back to Madison Square Garden for the second fight - which is something that Hearn doesn't seem too happy about.
“AJ said, ‘Do you think it would be a big statement if I came back and put the wrong right at MSG?’ I said, ‘From a marketing, fairy-tale perspective – yeah, absolutely. But you have to win this fight and you’re at a much bigger advantage if this fight’s in the UK.’ For me, the fight should be in the UK. You came to Andy Ruiz’s country to take this fight, it doesn’t make you a bad person having a rematch in the UK," Hearn said.
“But he’s the kind of sick individual who’s so competitive that, I think in his mind, to put it right there [at MSG] would be a statement people never forget.”