ANTHONY JOSHUA has been warned his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr is “no foregone conclusion” and been informed to assume lengthy and exhausting about his profession.
AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the previous world champ’s whole profession shall be on the road however “not over” ought to he undergo a second loss to the Snickers-chomping Mexican.
The 29-year-old suffered a primary skilled defeat when he misplaced his WBA, WBO and IBF crowns to the under-rated burritos-guzzler.
Hearn triggered a rematch clause which is about to happen in New York’s Madison Sq. Backyard in both November or December.
The promoter, who revealed AJ suffered reminiscence loss within the first combat, warned: “There’s a lot strain on the rematch, as if he loses that second combat then his profession isn’t in a terrific place.
There’s a lot strain on the rematch, as if he loses that second combat then his profession isn’t in a terrific place
“In the mean time, he is misplaced his world title belts and he is received an opportunity to win them again.
“If he was to lose that second combat, it isn’t career-ending nevertheless it begins to make you consider your profession – and that is lengthy earlier than we count on that second to occur.”
Joshua was poleaxed FOUR instances as big underdog Ruiz Jr pulled off certainly one of boxing’s best upsets.
The brand new champ is demanding the combat takes place in California or Mexico.
JOSHUA’S CAREER IS ON THE LINE
Many specialists thought the 2012 Olympic champ underestimated his roly-poly opponent however Hearn has mentioned Joshua have to be absolutely centered for the rematch – together with his profession on the road.
He informed the BBC: “The rematch is not at all a forgone conclusion.
“Ruiz’s confidence goes to undergo the roof; AJ’s confidence in all probability is not going to be the identical.
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“I think he was probably too overconfident.
“What we saw was one of the biggest heavyweight shocks of all time.
“But we also saw an amazing fight, and now it’s down to Anthony.”