That’s the opinion of Frank Warren, Tyson Fury’s promoter.
Anthony Joshua suffered his first professional defeat at Madison Square Garden on June 1, losing his unbeaten record and his three world heavyweight titles.
Ruiz shocked the boxing world by flooring the Briton four times throughout the fight, before stopping him on his feet during the seventh.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, confirmed that the beaten champion would exercise the rematch option to face Ruiz again this year.
However, Warren urged the fallen star to avoid the rematch, instead suggesting he should face Fury next summer.
“What I would do, if I was them, I wouldn’t do the rematch,” he said to iFL TV.
“I would wait and fight Tyson, that’s what I would do.
“I would go and have a good nine months out and then go and fight Tyson.
“It’s a massive fight, it’s still a massive fight [with Fury].
“Him and Tyson, that’s a massive fight, Wembley Stadium next summer.”
Warren also discussed the rumours that Joshua was knocked out in sparring before his bout with Ruiz.
Multiple reports emerged suggesting that Joey Dawejko had floored the Brit in training, before being given a fight against Murat Gassiev on a Matchroom card later this month, something Warren referred to as a potential “sweetener”.
“One way or another, it’s going to come out about what happened behind the scenes [before Joshua’s defeat] – if anything did happen,” Warren continued.
“The guy who supposedly knocked him out, he’s fighting against Gassiev, was that a sweetener for him? I’ve got no idea. Something will come out of it.”
Fury fights for the first time in six months on Saturday, as he takes on Tom Schwarz in his Las Vegas debut.
The ‘Gypsy King’ has been warned that Schwarz could be a potential “banana skin”, with a rematch against Deontay Wilder on the horizon.
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