FORMER heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua has been very vocal in the past 24 hours, a change from his silence immediately after the shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. in June.
Joshua will look to recapture his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles in a planned which is penciled in for December.
Here’s everything Joshua has said in recent interviews regarding the upcoming bout.
The venue for Joshua vs Ruiz 2 is currently up in the air. Joshua has said: “Ruiz, I see he’s been talking a lot, talking about what he wants but he don’t call the shots in that sense.
“I’d love Cardiff, however it’s gonna be on neutral grounds. Ruiz is champ. I’m gonna battle for it in the UK.” Joshua believes he owes it to the British fans who supported him on the climb up.
Former undisputed world champion Lennox Lewis weighed-in on the site of the title clash: “You know where I really wanna see the fight? In Mexico, baby. Why not? First time in history, a heavyweight champion from Mexico. Give the fans in Mexico a chance to see the fight.”
Joshua’s thoughts on a Mexico based rematch: “You’ve got two ends of it. One, I fight in Tijuana, Ruiz’s uncle would referee and I’ll still whoop him. It don’t matter where it is. But there’s the other aspect of British fans, riding with me from day one, wanna see me get them belts.”
Ruiz has been enjoying the spoils of war as he posted a video on social media this month, giving fans a guided tour of his new mansion. Has his capturing of the world titles given the Ruiz camp clout to call the shots?
Meanwhile in the heavyweight division, Tyson Fury’s next opponent is confirmed as Sweden’s Otto Wallin. That bout takes place on September 14th and emanates from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
And Deontay Wilder is set to rematch Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz for the WBC world heavyweight title in November. The two fought-out a thrilling 10 rounds with Wilder picking up the stoppage.