ANTHONY JOSHUA wants to complete his trilogy with Andy Ruiz Jr – in a fight promoter Eddie Hearn is dead against.
AJ was first stunned by the Mexican-American underdog in June 2019 but won the rematch six months later.
But the pair never completed the trilogy decider, leaving the door open for a third fight.
Joshua, 33, is considering his next opponent for his comeback bout in early 2023.
And he held talks with Hearn while in Abu Dhabi, where Dmitry Bivol, 31, beat Mexican Gilberto Ramirez, 31.
Deontay Wilder, 37, and Dillian Whyte, 34, are among the frontrunners, but AJ also likes the sound of Ruiz, 33.
Hearn said: âDefinitely, I mean, (Wilder) was one of the names I mentioned to him tonight.
âIâm not just saying it, but I couldnât say a fight to AJ that he doesnât go. He said tonight about Andy Ruiz.Â
âI said have you seen Andy Ruiz over there, he went, âYeah, Iâd love to fight him againâ.
“I was like, âWhy? Youâre not fighting him again!â.Â He was like âWhy not?â and I went âF*** offâ. Heâs horrible!’”
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Hearn added: “He saw Jalavov and said ‘I’d love to fight him’ and I go, ‘Why? He’s about 4-0!’
“He just wants to fight everybody. Itâs just the case of whether he has.
“And it wouldnât be an easy fight, but an easier fight before he goes into a Deontay Wilder or a Dillian Whyte basically.â
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