Former cruiserweight champion, Tony Bellew revealed the implications for Anthony Joshua if he fails to defeat Andy Ruiz in a Rematch at the close of 2019.
Bellew in an interview said: “It’s the standout fight for the rest of the year as far as I’m concerned, you look at the first fight and how much drama was involved and the size of the upset. You have to wonder what is going to happen next. Not many people gave Andy Ruiz Jr a chance in the first fight. It’ll be different this time around. People now know that he’s a serious fighter and someone who has to be respected.
“Far too much was made of his shape and background last time out. So when he actually let his hands go and showed people what he was about, nobody could believe it. He proved to everyone just how good he is. It’ll be interesting to see what happens this winter when they’re likely to meet.”
The British-Nigerian born star lost his titles in Madison Square Garden back on June 1 in one of the biggest upsets in recent memory.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested that Cardiff is the front-runner to host the rematch with December 14 a likely date, reports talksport.com.
“He’s got no choice about where he goes next. We saw how hard he fought to get to the top of the heavyweight division. He did so by beating good men. He doesn’t start again just because he’s lost.
“Anthony is a world-class fighter with a world-class team. What he has to do next is go away and learn from his mistakes. He needs those titles back. If Ruiz goes into a fight with Deontay Wilder and someone has all four belts, Joshua is in a position where he could potentially be frozen out of the title picture and he won’t want that,” Bellew said.