World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. has said he would like his title rematch with Anthony Joshua in December to be in New York instead of Saudi Arabia as announced.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who said this week that both parties had signed up to the fight in Diriyah, near Riyadh, raised the threat of legal action if the Mexican-American refused the terms set out.

Hearn has dismissed talk of the fight not happening in the Middle East.

The choice of venue has been questioned in some quarters, with Saudi Arabia coming under heightened international criticism over its human rights record.

Hearn has said a title fight in Saudi Arabia could be a game-changer for boxing.

Ruiz said his next opponent after Joshua, assuming he again beats the Briton, would likely be IBF mandatory contender Kubrat Pulav of Bulgaria before a possible unification fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

He expected Joshua, 29, to be more cautious in the rematch but with a similar outcome.