Hearn talks Joshua-Ruiz fight

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Hearn says the fight isn’t completely made but is just about there.

In an interview caught by FightHype, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn gives his take on the impending Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz fight. In this video Hearn says there’s still a little bit of work to be done to completely finalize the Ruiz fight, but it seems like all but a sure bet to happen. Check out some excerpts below with the full video above…

Hearn on Joshua-Ruiz:

“I said terms have been agreed [for Joshua-Ruiz]. I mean, there’s things that have to be ironed out within the contract. He’s the frontrunner, I like Andy Ruiz. I wanted someone who’s not just taking the payday, who believes he can win, who will do everything to win at the Garden…

“All you got to do is speak to people in boxing, people who know boxing. They will tell you — in fact everything I’ve seen on social media says this is a tougher fight than Jarrell Miller. In fact it’s a similar fight to Jarrell Miller other than Andy’s got much quicker hands, and punches harder. But, you know, he’s 6’2”, Jarrell’s 6’3” or 6’4”, his reach is a little bit smaller but he gets on the inside faster and he throws shots with faster hands, and he punches hard.

“So I think it’s a really credible fight. Mexico could have it’s first heavyweight world champion, there’s gonna be a lot of interest in that. And obviously he’s with the PBC, who would love to have a heavyweight world champion. So, it’s a great narrative there and I believe it’s a fun fight and gonna be a war…”

On working with Al Haymon to make this fight and if this could pave way for other fights to be made:

“I don’t think it’s about Al not wanting to do business on other networks. It’s just that some fighters you can’t really let go on other networks. It’s the same for me, it’s the same for [Bob] Arum. Sometimes a fight is too big where you have to do it, but here’s a case where one of his other guys who although is aligned with FOX and PBC, isn’t a flag-bearer for the broadcast, where he says ‘look, amazing opportunity, great money, chance to be world heavyweight champion’ — I don’t believe he’d stand in the way of stuff like that, and he shouldn’t do it as an advisor, and he hasn’t. So, yeah, it’s positive.”

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