By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to Sky Sports, Anthony Joshua has his next match confirmed. He will have a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
His management Eddie Hearn confirmed to Sky Sports that the rematch has been activated. The rematch will be in either November or December, according to Hearn.
Ruiz Jr. shocked the world on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden when he knocked out Joshua in the seventh round. Ruiz Jr. — the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion — dominated much of the fight.
He knocked down Joshua four times. He also made Joshua wobble with his powerful punches that did not knock him down.
In the seventh round, Joshua was given a chance to continue. While he said yes he wanted to continue, his body language said something different.
Joshua — while the referee was making the count — looked over to his corner looking for them to throw in the towel. In addition, he had his gloves on the ropes, which was another indication that he did not want to continue.
This was Joshua’s first loss in his boxing career. Ruiz Jr. — who had just five weeks to prepare for Joshua after being a replacement — picked up the biggest win of his career.
The 29-year-old Watford, Hertfordshire, England native fell to 22-1 with the loss. Joshua was originally scheduled to face Jarrell Miller before he failed multiple drug tests.
The 29-year-old Imperial, California native improved to 33-1 in his career. When Ruiz Jr. won the blockbuster fight, he captured the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight titles.
When the two clash once again later this year, those four belts will be on the line again.