Mexican-American professional boxer, Andy Ruiz Jnr is demanding a huge increase in his purse before he signs a rematch contract with British boxer, Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.
Ruiz Jnr’s decision of not singing for the rematch has raised doubts as to whether the rematch will come off or not. Ruiz Jnr is yet to sign the deal in the highly-anticipated rematch scheduled to place in the Middle East on December 7.
The Mexican boxer made the headlines when he triumphed over Anthony Joshua to claim his heavyweight title belt on June 1 is now seemingly calling the shots in the December bout.
Reports say Ruiz Jnr will not sign the deal unless he is guaranteed “a significantly higher purse” than the $9million he is guaranteed to receive as he puts the belts he won from Joshua on the line for the first time since his shocking win.
It is believed that the rematch terms dictating Ruiz’s purse were already laid out in the contract for the initial fight.
Furthermore, Saudi organisers are set to bankroll the fight with $40m (£33m) for a site fee, Ruiz will instead make a fixed fee based on the rematch clause from the first contract.
The new champion was reluctant to fly to the UK, raising concerns after doping allegations were launched at Dillian Whyte after his victory over Oscar Rivas last month.
Ruiz Jnr was hurried into the first bout as a late replacement for Jarrell Miller and stunned Anthony Joshua on his US debut at Madison Square Garden.
As it stands now, until Ruiz Jr signs for the rematch, the rematch lies in doubt.