John Wirth, co-promoter of mandatory IBF heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev, believes his decision to appeal to the IBF verdict to grant Andy Ruiz a deferral of mandatory defense to hold a rematch against Anthony Joshua is perfectly correct in light of recent events.
“We are worried about reports that Ruiz has not yet given his consent for a rematch,” Wirth quoted BoxingScene.com. – The fact that Joshua and his team forced Ruiz to accept the condition for an immediate rematch is a direct violation of paragraph 3B of the IBF rules [“The contract for a champion match cannot contain conditions or provisions guaranteeing any participant a return champion match, if such a condition or the situation hinders the mandatory title defense ”- IBF Championship Rules], and I’m not sure that Matchroom will be able to enforce it.”
Recall that according to the IBF decision, Ruiz received a postponement on two conditions: a rematch with Joshua must pass no later than December 7, and his winner must hold mandatory IBF title defense no later than May 31. According to Wirth, they want Ruiz and Joshua to confirm in writing their acceptance of these conditions and commit themselves to comply with them.
“We also want to know the deadline by which fighters must accept the IBF terms, especially in light of the fact that an agreement on the fight has not yet been reached. We need to know in which direction we should move: if a rematch takes place and all three zones are played in it, we plan to organize another fight for Puleva in November, ”the promoter said.
“I want to say one more thing: Pulev would agree to box with Ruiz even in the USA, even in Mexico or even in Timbuktu. Joshua and his team forget one of the main rules of boxing: when a boxer becomes a champion, everything changes, ”added Wirth.