Negotiations for a suitable venue went back and forth and sources say the brain trust behind the fight will put up $100 million, beating out main rival Dubai.
According to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic: “The fight will take place at an open-air outdoor venue being constructed for the fight, just like the heavyweight title bout Jack Johnson and James J. Jeffries in the Fight of the Century in 1910. #RuizJoshua2 billed as “Clash of the Dunes.” “
Ruiz shocked the boxing world with a massive upset against Anthony Joshua on June 1, scoring a TKO in round seven to become the first Heavyweight World Champion of Mexican descent, in an upset reminiscent of Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson in 1990.
Ruiz’s father, Andres Ruiz, told Boxing Scene that he has confidence in his son beating Joshua again.
“It’s best for Andy, and I do not have the slightest doubt of him winning. For this fight we had little preparation time, because we came in as a replacement, but with more time to prepare we will arrive much better.
Many can say that they will win, but it is like a snake, you hypnotize them and they do not know what to do in the ring, so [Andy] has beaten everyone and will continue to do so.”
Joshua told JD Sports: “I Need To Get These Titles Back. If you put me and Ruiz in a machine, nine times out of ten I should beat him. That was just his night. He got the win and we get to do it again at the end of the year.”
Anthony Joshua was supposed to defend his titles against Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, who tested positive for performance-enhancing supplements and was denied a license by the NYSAC.
Joshua was a -3000 favorite at most sportsbooks while Andy Ruiz Jr. was a +1200 underdog. The former champion came into the fight with a 22-0 record (21 KOs) while Ruiz was 32-1, also with 21 knockouts.
Ruiz-Joshua 2 Odds
(Courtesy of Bookmaker)
Andy Ruiz Jr. +245
Anthony Joshua -305