When it comes to boxing’s heavyweight division, the two biggest matches for it are upcoming with the first being in December when Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz Jr. in a rematch that saw Ruiz win in an upset back in June. The second one being the long-awaited rematch of Deontay Wilder challenging Tyson Fury to settle their highly contested draw from December of 2018 hopefully.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn in an interview with Sky Sports stated that the latter couldn’t happen with Joshua and Ruiz first.
“I don’t see how the February fight with Fury can happen,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “To be honest with you, I think the whole world is looking at Joshua-Ruiz, and I don’t think anything will happen until that fight takes place, because you’ve got Joshua, Ruiz who’s with the PBC and Al Haymon, so is Deontay Wilder.
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Hearn speaking on the upcoming matchup taking place in Saudi Arabia has three of the four sanctioning belts currently in possession of Ruiz. While Wilder and Fury have WBC and “Lineal” titles respectively, the winner of the Joshua-Ruiz match will dictate the course of the division in a quest to become the undisputed champion.
“If Ruiz beats Joshua, they’ll be looking to make that fight, an undisputed fight, but obviously if Joshua wins, that throws everything out and who can rule out Joshua against Tyson Fury at Wembley next summer,” Hearn said to Sky Sports laying out the plans for the division if his fighter Anthony Joshua wins.
Hearn did emphasize the importance of it for Joshua to become victorious for any of this to happen.
“Win or lose against Ruiz, that’s a fight we must see, but the focus for AJ is just to beat Andy Ruiz.
“Wilder and those guys, their future is defined by themselves. For Joshua, it’s never been about Wilder, it’s been about the undisputed, but that dream is over until he gets his belts back on December 7.”