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Anthony Joshua sent bold rematch warning by Andy Ruiz Jr trainer

Anthony Joshua should not go straight into a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, despite the Mexican taking his heavyweight belts.

That’s the view of Ruiz’s trainer Manny Robles, who saw his man win the WBO, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles by shocking Anthony Joshua.

The Mexican put AJ down four times in New York with the referee stopping the bout in the seventh round at the start of the month.

There was a rematch clause in the contract with many expecting the two to do battle again before the end of the year.

Ruiz took the initial fight with short notice after Jarrell Miller was banned for failing drugs tests.

“In my opinion, if it’s the direct rematch, it’s better for us,” Robles said.

“Andy already did two fights in a row. It was 15 weeks of work.

“If I were Joshua’s coach, I would ask him to take a break, wait a year, choose to fight with someone else and do one or two fights before fighting with Ruiz.”

There has been talk of bringing Joshua back to the UK for the potential rematch.

The defeat to Ruiz was the first time the Brit had fought overseas.

Joshua trained in Miami before making the trip up the east coast of America to New York for the fight at Madison Square Garden.

The rematch with Ruiz could also be in Mexico, though nowhere is off limits for the new champ.

Robles added: “From my understanding, on the Andy Ruiz team, they’re going to try to suggest to make the fight in Vegas.

“What better place than to bring it to the boxing capital of the world, right?

“We just got back from Mexico and now they’re talking about possibly bringing it to Mexico, New York or even London.

“If you ask Andy, he would love to fight in Mexico, but it’s up to the promoters and managers and so forth to come to an agreement as to where.

“If the money’s right, he doesn’t have an issue fighting anywhere.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants fans of the Brit to get behind the former champ for a rematch.

Hearn recently said: “This rematch is huge and we’ll have details on a date for that very soon…

“What you’ve got to do now is get behind Anthony Joshua and say, ‘Okay, let’s see what you’re made of.’

“I know what he’s made of, he’ll be back better and stronger than ever and this rematch is gonna be a huge, huge fight.

“But the pressure is on because it’s one thing losing the first fight, you’ve got your rematch, let’s go again.

“You lose the second fight, that’d be really damaging for his career.”

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