Anthony Joshua is willing to fight Andy Ruiz Jr in America, but the British heavyweight star would love the rematch to be staged in Cardiff.
Joshua’s second world-title fight with Ruiz Jr is yet to be confirmed following the Mexican’s shock victory at Madison Square Garden in New York, although Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn has suggested a final decision is edging closer.
Ruiz Jr has voiced his displeasure at the prospect of travelling to the UK, with Joshua remaining respectful of his wishes, but the Brit admits that home advantage could be crucial as he attempts to avenge the seventh-round knockout loss in June.
“I need to be around as many boxing people as possible because right now I need to soak in the experience and knowledge and get that passion back,” he told Sky Sports on Tuesday.
“It’s a fight I know I can win and that’s what makes it important,” Joshua said.
“I’m going straight for the titles, there’s Ruiz and he’s got what I want, the titles, so let’s get it on.”
The first fight took place at Madison Square Garden in New York, but his promoter wants the rematch to take place in Cardiff at the Principality Stadium and has ruled out a return to America.
“It doesn’t matter to me where it is. I don’t mind fighting in America, I’ve done it before,” Joshua said.
“I would love it to be in Cardiff but it’s going to be on neutral ground, Ruiz is the champ so he will make some calls in that situation but I’m going to battle for it to be in the UK because it’s my stomping ground.”
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