Joshua v Ruiz Jr Rematch set for Saudi Arabia Dec 7

Anthony Joshua will face unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch in Saudi Arabia on 7 December.

Ruiz pulled off a stunning upset with a seventh-round stoppage victory to hand Joshua his first professional loss in their matchup in New York earlier this year.

And the Mexican heavyweight, who was knocked down in the third round before recovering, to pick up the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles, vehemently refused to fight AJ in the UK.

Saudi Arabia hosted British boxer Amir Khan’s recent win over Billy Dib and Callum Smith’s success over George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series final in September.

Joshua’s promoters, Matchroom Boxing, said a news conference would be held on Monday, 12 August when more details would be revealed. One issue that has not yet been disclosed is the start time of the fight.

Ruiz scored four knockdowns on his way to a seventh-round stoppage on what was Joshua’s much-publicised US debut on 1 June.

The result ranked as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the heavyweight division, with Joshua a 1-25 favourite before the bout.

Since his upset victory, Ruiz has questioned Joshua’s boxing skills, while the Nigerian-born Brit has vowed to ‘whoop’ him and reclaim his belts.


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