By Charles Brun:anthony joshua is beaten in his December 7th rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr.Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) thinks that a fight between him and Ruiz is a bigger match in the U. S than a fight between him and Joshua.
Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) has become a huge star overnight since pulling off a major upset in stopping ibf/wba/WBO heavyweight champion Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) on June 1 at madison square garden in new york. Ruiz, 29, came into the fight viewed as having no shot at beating Joshua, and completely discounted by the boxing world.
After getting dropped in round 3, Ruiz stormed back with a vengeance to knock Joshua down 4 times in the fight before it was stopped in round 7.
At this point, it would be too much of a risk to put Joshua in with a good heavyweight with a similar style as Ruiz. If Hearn made that move, Joshua might suffer another knockout loss, and that would make it pointless for him to fight Ruiz again.
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