Andy Ruiz Jr. Reveals Eddie Hearn’s Response After He Requested a Trilogy With Anthony Joshua

Published 06/18/2021, 11:51 PM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr holds belts during the press conference at the Beacon Theater, New York. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world when he beat the dominant champion, Anthony Joshua, in the first fight. Knocking down ‘AJ’ four times, before ultimately finishing him in the seventh, Ruiz pulled one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Because of the rematch clause that was put in the fight contract, ‘The Destroyer’ had to give the Briton an immediate rematch. Joshua reclaimed his titles on his second ring outing with Ruiz Jr.

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The Mexican has been yearning for a rematch for the belts ever since.

In a recent interview with Mike Tyson on his podcast “Hotboxin“, Ruiz details that he has been going back and forth with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn on Instagram. “I even messaged Eddie Hearn, ‘What’s up with the trilogy, me and Anthony Joshua?’. The only thing he wrote was worried faces and, ‘Deja Vu”, he said.

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Ruiz further said that the contract which was initially agreed upon didn’t entail a third fight for him if he lost the belt to Joshua in the second fight, which he did.

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It is surprising that Ruiz didn’t get an opportunity to reclaim his crown while AJ did. The champ says it wasn’t the same for him. “Because it wasn’t the same. I don’t think we signed for a rematch clause or something like we couldn’t. I think on the contract it said that I had to win the fight,” he continued.

Andy Ruiz Jr. still hopeful for a trilogy

After the AJ and Tyson Fury fight fell through, there was a brief period where Joshua was left without a fight.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 01: Anthony Joshua(white trunks) and Andy Ruiz Jr fight during their IBF/WBA/WBO World heavyweight championship match at Madison Square Garden on June 1st, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

When the fight between AJ and Oleksandr Usyk was yet to be finalized, Hearn had also expressed his interest in booking the fight. “There’s quite a few (options). If you’re going to America, he’s already messaged me, it’s like deja vu, Andy Ruiz. He messaged me on Instagram and said: “I’m ready, let’s do this, AJ vs Ruiz three”, Hearn told iFL TV in May. (h/t Independent)

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Ruiz is optimistic about getting another shot at Joshua soon. Speaking with Mike Tyson, ‘The Destroyer’ said, “I am pretty sure they will [give me a trilogy fight].”

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Akshit Pushkarna

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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.

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