Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr will take place at a neutral venue.
He also said that in the next 48 hours, Ruiz’s team will be alerted as to where this fight will take place.
According to Hearn, Cardiff is still the front-runner and also the favourite to host the rematch fight between the two boxers.
DAILY POST had reported that Ruiz never wanted an Anthony Joshua rematch in the UK.
Joshua’s world heavyweight title reign and unbeaten record were ended by a stunning defeat to Ruiz Jr in New York in June this year and Hearn has activated a clause to enforce an immediate second fight.
A number of British venues, including the Wembley Stadium, are being considered for a date in November or December.
“There are some other interesting options that would be quite iconic internationally, which does involve a lot of aggravation logistically, but does involve a spectacle that would be quite unique,” Hearn told Sky Sports News on Thursday.
“I keep saying this, but in the next 48 hours Andy Ruiz’s team will be alerted to where this fight will take place.
“Joshua is working hard to make sure he’s ready to win those belts back.”
“I have been speaking to Ruiz’s team this week, keeping them up to speed with where we’re going.
“They don’t want to come to the UK, they never have done. I think they used the Dillian Whyte saga as a little bit of a scapegoat in that decision as well, and we have to take that into consideration.
“Contractually we know our position, but we want to make sure we get the fight done. We want to respect Andy Ruiz, but we’ll decide where the venue is.
“A neutral venue, he would be a lot happier with. I think I can rule out America, right now. Cardiff is still the frontrunner, it’s still the favourite.”