Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has said that it is Anthony Joshua that will decide the venue of his much-expected rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr and not the Mexican even though Ruiz “never wanted” it in the UK.

The Mexican holds three world heavyweight titles following his stunning win over Joshua in New York in June but is awaiting confirmation of their second fight, with Cardiff’s Principality Stadium leading the shortlist of locations.

Talks are ongoing with Ruiz Jr’s team, although Hearn has confirmed the California-based fighter will not receive home advantage in a return bout.

Unnamed venues remain in consideration for the rematch, which is due to be staged in November or December, and Joshua is already preparing to face Ruiz Jr again.