LONDON – A beaten Andy Ruiz Jr called for a rematch after Anthony Joshua won back an array of world heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, but the Mexican-American cannot expect to be at the front of the queue.
"Who wants to see the third trilogy fight right here? In Saudi Arabia baby," Ruiz called out to the crowd at the Diriyah arena.
Joshua had sounded receptive to the idea – "if you heard, we're going to do it a third," he said – but promoter Eddie Hearn would not be drawn after a bout won clinically on a unanimous points decision against a flabby-looking opponent.
"The future plans are to celebrate, and to celebrate hard," Hearn told a post-fight interviewer.
"Tonight’s about celebrating. We’ll do what he wants to do. He’s always wanted to be undisputed. People listen to rubbish people talk, we said we’re not going to talk about any other fights, and we’re not even going to do it now."