Joseph Parker is confident that Andy Ruiz Jr will be eager to negoiate a rematch if the newly crowned unified world champion reigns supreme again with a second stunning victory over Anthony Joshua.
The 27-year-old from New Zealand is still the only man to hand a loss to Ruiz Jr, who is set to learn his fate of a rematch with Joshua after stripping the British star’s world heavyweight titles with a sensational stoppage win in New York on June 1.
Parker admits his star power has been given a lift ahead of his own fight with Alex Leapai in the early hours of Sunday, and would be open to another fight with the Mexican or Joshua, who took his WBO title with a points win in Cardiff last March.
The New Zealander speaking to the media has been quoted as saying “I think it makes my win look pretty good,”
“I was able to beat him for 12 rounds and win the decision.
“I was able to go 12 rounds with AJ, so I think there’s a little triangle that’s going on at the moment. I just need to take care of business with the fights that I have coming up and hopefully we can light something up with one of those guys in the future.
“With the goals that I have and what I’m wanting to achieve, I’m sure I’ll cross paths with them again, but I’ve just got to take care of business and now I’ve got more drive and more motivation than ever.
“When I was a champion, I was happy and I was cool, but now I want to be champion more than when I was champion.”
Manager David Higgins has made it clear he wants his fighter to box twice more in 2019 and believes Ruiz Jr will want redemption in staging a rematch, having voiced his frustration about the controversial loss in Auckland in a fight which he believe he had won.
“I would say that Ruiz Jr thinks he beat Joseph,” Higgins speaking to the media continued. “In Ruiz Jr’s head, it’s not avenging a loss, it’s setting the record straight.
“Joseph won the fight. It was a close fight, but he won it. Most smart people, boxing experts on the cards say he won the fight. I think Ruiz Jr felt he might have won it, and I don’t think Ruiz is all about the money either.
“I think Ruiz absolutely would want to square that off, so should Ruiz beat Joshua in the rematch, I’d say he would be hunting Joseph down, next cab on the rank, and Joseph will be ready and willing.”
Watch Joseph Parker against Alex Leapai on the Demetrius Andrade-Maciej Sulecki bill in Providence, from 2am on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
By Kenny Leavett.