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Anthony Joshua promoter says rematch with Andy Ruiz will happen

Anthony Joshua promoter says rematch with Andy Ruiz will happen

Former heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua has opened up after his stunning TKO defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr at the weekend.

The British fighter also congratulated Ruiz Jr on his historic win, saying he hopes the Mexican boxer enjoys his belts over the next few months.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn announced the contracted rematch clause was triggered on Tuesday and the second fight will take place in November or December, with a venue still to be confirmed. Hearn tweeted. "The fight will take place in Nov/Dec at a venue to be confirmed shortly".

Joshua has vowed to win back the IBO, IBF, WBO and WBA (super) heavyweight titles he lost to the American later this year, and suggested that could happen in NY.

Hearn added that Joshua is focused on getting his heavyweight world titles back and wants revenge later in the year. "He's putting on a courageous face after the defeat, but he is already starting to think about getting revenge - the rematch is a huge fight and there's a lot of pressure on AJ to win it".

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Ruiz took the fight on short notice after Joshua's original opponent, Jarrell Miller, failed several drug tests in April.

"And on Saturday I took a loss".

In a post-fight news conference, Joshua was asked about potential fights with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. "I'm going to beat him up".

In the Telegraph, Hearn added that Joshua has been "putting on a courageous face after the defeat" but is "already starting to think about getting revenge". In that sense, Joshua's loss could be the sport's gain, particularly if the rematch proves to be a compelling battle. He described the result as "just a shocker, one of the big heavyweight upsets of all-time". "I'm the one who went in there to perform and my performance didn't go to plan". "It's a massive pressure fight, it's all or nothing", Hearn said of Joshua.

"I took my first [professional] loss".