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Anthony Joshua odds-on to avenge shock defeat at ‘scene of the crime’ MSG

Leigh Copson 23 Jun 2019
Any Ruiz Jr celebrates after knocking down Anthony Joshua (credit:Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images)

Anthony Joshua is keen to go back to the ‘scene of the crime’ when he bids to regain the world heavyweight titles he lost in shocking fashion at the start of the month – but could lightning strike twice when he rematches Andy Ruiz Jr?


Joshua was expected to retain his heavyweight crowns and maintain his perfect record when he took on late stand-in Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden, but what unfolded was one of the biggest upsets heavyweight boxing has seen for quite some time – a shock that some have ranked alongside Buster Douglas’s sensational knockout win over Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis’ stunning defeat to Hasim Rahman.

Joshua was dropped four times before the referee waved off the contest in the seventh round, and since that night there has been plenty of speculation about the former champion’s physical and mental state going into the bout.

The 29-year-old and his camp have dismissed any suggestion that was anything wrong with the former Olympian and they were quick to trigger the rematch clause in his contract, sparking debate over where the fight would take place.

Would Joshua look for home advantage having never lost a professional bout on British soil, or would he head back out to the United States in an attempt to salvage his career in front of an audience he had failed to impress in his US debut?

We may now have the answer!

“The job over the next week is just to finalise the details now of just where and when that [the rematch] will be,” promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports News. “I can't tell you too much, just because I don't know other than between November 16 and December 14 will be the date of the fight.

“We've had offers from five different countries to stage the fight. For me, it's a straight decision between the UK or America. In the UK, we're talking to Cardiff, to Wembley, to Tottenham and in America, we've had a couple of approaches, but our preference is Madison Square Garden.

“A sensible man would say 'Do it in the UK'. Anthony feels as though it would be special to rewrite history and get the win at Madison Square Garden. It's really not about the money so much, it's just about where we believe this fight should take place and those decisions will be made in the next week.”

Even though the venue and date have not been confirmed the bookmakers have already priced up the rematch between Joshua and Ruiz Jr, and they are backing the former champion to prove the first meeting was simply a bad night at the office with Coral making him a 3/10 favourite while considering Ruiz Jr a live underdog at 12/5. The draw is 25/1.


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Anthony Joshua odds-on to avenge shock defeat at ‘scene of the crime’ MSG

Anthony Joshua is keen to go back to the ‘scene of the crime’ when he bids to regain the world heavyweight titles he lost in shocking fashion at the start of the month – but could lightning strike twice when he rematches Andy Ruiz Jr?

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