Andy Ruiz Jr has publicly apologised to promoter Eddie Hearn for beating Anthony Joshua on June 1.
The Mexican-American was picked by Hearn to come in as a late replacement after Jarrell Miller dropped out of the fight due to failed drugs tests.
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And, upon securing this opportunity, Ruiz Jr took full advantage by knocking out Joshua to take his WBA, IBF & WBO heavyweight world titles.
Reflecting on the win, Ruiz Jr told iFL TV: “I just needed that right moment and the right chance to prove who Andy Ruiz really is.
“So thank you Eddie Hearn for giving me this opportunity and I’m sorry for beating Anthony Joshua.
“And that’s what we’re planning to do on December 7 again, so don’t get your hopes up because this chubby kid is training really hard.”
The rematch is the most eagerly anticipated fight of 2019 and will take place as the year reaches its conclusion.
An arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia is now under construction to host the mega event.