Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr: Saudi Arabia to Host Rematch on 7 December
Britain’s Anthony Joshua will face unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch in Saudi Arabia on 7 December.
Ruiz Jr (33-1, 22 KOs) stunned Joshua to capture his IBF, WBA and WBO titles in one of the biggest heavyweight upsets of all time at a sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1. In doing so, ‘The Destroyer’ created history by becoming the first boxer of Mexican heritage to be crowned world heavyweight champion.
The Brit immediately triggered the rematch clause in his contract in a bid to return the sport’s summit.
Joshua (22-1, 20 KOs) will be attempting to regain his world titles and become a two-time heavyweight ruler after tasting defeat for the first time in his professional career on his US debut.
And he will start as the favourite, despite being dropped four times by the unfancied Ruiz.