sport news Anthony Joshua has been forced into Andy Ruiz Jnr rematch - Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder has slammed Eddie Hearn and accused him of forcing Anthony Joshua into a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr.

Ruiz pulled off one of the greatest shocks in boxing history on Saturday night, beating the favourite Joshua at Madison Square Garden to capture his heavyweight titles.

There was a rematch clause written into the contract for the first fight and Hearn exercised it on Tuesday, with Joshua and Ruiz to meet again in November or December.

Anthony Joshua surprisingly lost to Andy Ruiz Jnr at Madison Square Garden on Saturday

Anthony Joshua surprisingly lost to Andy Ruiz Jnr at Madison Square Garden on Saturday

Deontay Wilder, pictured speaking in March, suggested Joshua has been forced into rematch

Deontay Wilder, pictured speaking in March, suggested Joshua has been forced into rematch

But WBC heavyweight Wilder is refusing to believe Joshua himself is keen on meeting Ruiz again in the ring.

Speaking on Talksport on Wednesday morning, Wilder said: 'Has AJ said it? Has Anthony said it himself? I don’t care what Matchroom says. 

'We’re tired of hearing what Eddie says. This man has said so many different things. We ain’t listening to what Matchroom says. We only want him to do what’s best for him and his career, not Matchroom. 

'I don’t see how you can’t get it at this point. I don’t think it’s gonna happen. Did you see what just happened? This man is mentally broken. He quit. Joshua quit in that ring. To a challenger. 

Eddie Hearn announced on Tuesday that Joshua would face Ruiz again later this year

Eddie Hearn announced on Tuesday that Joshua would face Ruiz again later this year

'That’s the most disappointing thing about it. Being a champion, being boosted up so much, and you go in there and quit, that’s a sign. When he spat that mouthpiece out for the first time, that’s a sign.

'The referee told him to come forward he stayed there. He put his hands on the ropes. The referee told him to come forward. He stayed. That’s another indication, “I don’t want to fight no more”. 

'He gave up. He quit. Because of so much pressure. His promoters put so much pressure on him. He probably didn’t want that much pressure on him. He shouldn’t have had to think about what I done. 

'It was a lot of pressure and people won’t understand that. I heard he was having a breakdown in the dressing room. 

Joshua appeared disorientated in the fight as speculation gathered pace on his well-being

Joshua appeared disorientated in the fight as speculation gathered pace on

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