Andy Ruiz Jr calls out Anthony Joshua for trilogy fight, saying ‘I got the first one, you got the second’ – The Sun

ANDY RUIZ JR wants to have a trilogy of fights with Anthony Joshua in a bid to win back the heavyweight belts.

The Mexican stunned the Brit with a shock win in June last year before flopping massively in the rematch six months later.

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Ruiz Jr, 30, came into the second bout at over 20st and admitted three months of partying had screwed his chances of creating more history.

He previously vowed to come back "stronger and better" if offered the opportunity to step back into the ring with AJ.

And now he has further declared his intentions for a trilogy by calling the Watford superstar out on Instagram.

He wrote: "I got the first one, you got the second. Let's run it back a third time and see what happens."

His comments came off the back of promoter Eddie Hearn's statement which suggested Joshua could fight Tyson Fury if Kubrat Pulev and Deontay Wilder stepped aside.

Hearn backed Pulev to take a cash offer and avoid a scrap with AJ but thinks Wilder has too much pride.

He said: "I would love Wilder to step aside, but it would be embarrassing, it would show weakness.

“If I had told AJ, after his loss to Ruiz Jr, that someone had offered him a few quid to step aside and not take the rematch, how do you think that conversation would have gone?

“Something a bit like ‘f*** right off, there isn’t an amount of money in the world that you could give me.’.

“If you take step aside money, as a former champion turning down a rematch, you are showing horrific weakness because you are letting someone take from you something that is yours.

“If you believe in yourself and back yourself, you never take step aside money."

American Wilder is braced to fight Fury for a third time in October after coronavirus pushed back the initial July date.

AJ was also set to scrap Bulgarian Pulev in June which has also been put back.

Hearn added: "Knowing Deontay Wilder, I cannot imagine in a million years he will step aside, he has too much pride.

“But if Bob Arum rings me up and says Wilder wants to step aside, there is a conversation to have, but I cannot see it.

“I have not offered Pulev any stepaside money, Never ever.

“If Bob could speak to Wilder and Pulev and get them to step aside, then we would be willing to go straight into the Fury fight.

“Would Pulev take it at this stage of his career? Probably. But would Wilder? Probably not.”

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