Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua Rematch Set For December 7 In Saudi Arabia

Saturday, August 10, 2019 1:17 AM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 1:17 AM UTC

Andy Ruiz Jr. will defend his WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight titles against Anthony Joshua in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on December 7.

<div><p>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.</p><p>According to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic: <em>"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." "</em></p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;A new chapter is about to be written 💫&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#RuizJoshua2&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;August 9, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>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.</p><p>Ruiz's father, Andres Ruiz, told Boxing Scene that he has confidence in his son beating Joshua again.</p><p><em>"It's best for Andy, and I do not have the slightest doubt of him winning. For this </em><em>fight</em><em> we had little preparation </em><em>time,</em><em> because we came in as a replacement, but with more time to </em><em>prepare</em><em> we will arrive much better.</em></p><p><em>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."</em></p><p>Joshua told JD Sports: <em>"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."</em></p><p>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.</p><p>Joshua was a -3000 favorite at most <a href="" target="_blank">sportsbooks</a> while Andy Ruiz Jr. <a href="" target="_blank">was a +1200 underdog</a>. The former champion came into the fight with a 22-0 record (21 KOs) while Ruiz was 32-1, also with 21 knockouts.</p><p><u><strong>Ruiz-Joshua 2 Odds<br />(Courtesy of <a href=";book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bookmaker</a>)</strong></u></p><p>Andy Ruiz Jr. +245</p><p>Anthony Joshua -305</p></div>
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