If it doesn’t work out well for them in the end, they may end up regretting that the chose to force rematch with Ruiz. As saying goes, ‘be careful for what you wish for.’ Ruiz Jr. is like a big shark, and he’s going to be ready to looking to stop Joshua a second time in the rematch.
Matchroom filed a lawsuit against Ruiz over the rematch on Thursday. However, following an agreement by Ruiz, the lawsuit was canceled on Friday, according to Mike Coppinger.
Ruiz getting his deal sweetened for Joshua rematch
IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Ruiz Jr. (33-1, 22 KOs) was looking to get a better financial package for the rematch after Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn selected Saudi Arabia as the country for the fight to be staged. Hearn got a good deal in taking the rematch to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Ruiz not surprisingly wanted to have his purse bumped up a little.
Although rematch clause is said to have the particulars about Ruiz’s purse written in for the second fight, he still pushed to have his deal improved for the second fight. Further, Ruiz also wanted the “rematch guaranteed in writing,” according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Ruiz getting more money is clearly wanted he wanted, and he’s gotten his wish. The fight can now take place on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.
Will Ruiz Jr. suffer an injury before December 7?
Hearn arguably got his way in getting Ruiz to agree to fight Joshua on December 7th, but that doesn’t mean the fight will be taking place on that date. If Ruiz suffers an injury during training camp, it could wipe out that date. Hopefully, Ruiz is happy with the deal that he got. If he’s not then it’s hard to know how he’ll act, and it could be fun and games.
Ruiz wanted the rematch in New York or Mexico. He felt that as the champion, he should be able to pick the location. Matchroom was smart to get control of the location with the rematch clause that Ruiz had signed for the first fight. If not for that, he could have pushed hard to have the fight take place New York or Mexico.
Joshua has to figure out how to beat Ruiz, because he was dominated by him last June.