Andy Ruiz has insisted that he will only agree to a rematch with Anthony Joshua in the UK if he is paid £40million.
Joshua activated his rematch clause with the new champion just a few days after suffering a humiliating defeat to the Mexican heavyweight.
While Eddie Hearn claims Team AJ have final say on when and where the rematch is staged, Ruiz warned Joshua he will not come to the UK if his purse demands are rejected.
‘Right now my team, they’re negotiating everything right now. I’ve just got to stay busy, stay healthy and be ready for the rematch,’ he told Fight Hub.
Joshua is determined to see the second fight happen in the UK
“I’d love it to be here in the United States or in Mexico you know. It all depends on the team and what they negotiate.
“If they want me to go over there, they’ve got to give me $50million. If they want to come over here…It’s just negotiations you know.”
Ruiz earned £5m for the first fight at Madison Square Garden, while Joshua pocketed £20m for his bow in America.
Joshua is determined to gain revenge over Ruiz and reclaim the three world titles he handed over to the new champion.
Ruiz has become a household name in America almost overnight, appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Show after his epic underdog victory.
Joshua is now left to lick his wounds, with some critics even urging the 29-year-old to sack his long-term coach, Rob McCracken.