Anthony Joshua meets Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia this Saturday in what is set to be a career defining fight for the Briton.
Joshua lost his world heavyweight titles in stunning fashion on his American debut in June, as he was put down four times in New York City before being stopped by Ruiz Jr in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
While fans around the world wanted Joshua to fight Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury next, his first defeat as a professional has blown the showpiece division wide open.
Joshua’s next fight is now a must-win rematch against Ruiz Jr as he looks to get his belts back.
When is Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2?
The Joshua vs Ruiz Jr rematch will be held on Saturday, December 7 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia in a custom-built 15,000-seater venue, The Diriyah Arena.
While Cardiff’s 80,000 capacity Principality Stadium was the preferred option, Ruiz Jr made it clear he would not travel to the UK – throwing the rematch into doubt.
But Eddie Hearn and co have settled on Saudi Arabia with the bout being promoted as the ‘Clash on the Dunes’.
What time is Joshua vs Ruiz Jr 2 expected to start?
Joshua and Ruiz are to begin their ring walks at approximately 8.30-8.45pm UK time, brodcasters Sky have confirmed, which will be 11.30-11.45pm in Saudi Arabia. The fight is likely to start at 9pm.
How can I watch Joshua vs Ruiz 2?
The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office (channel 491 for SD, channel 492 for HD), at a cost of £24.95.
You can live stream the fight for the same price on your computer, mobile and tablet devices.
Sky’s Box Office official broadcast will then begin from 5pm UK time.
It will also be available for purchase through NOW TV, also at a price of £24.95.
In the US, the fight will be shown live on DAZN. You can stream through various platforms, including Chromecast, iOS, Android, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. A one-month DAZN subscription will cost $ 19.99.
Who is on the undercard?
These are the fights that have been confirmed by Matchroom, with five heavyweight clashes on the card:
- Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua (WBA Super, IBF, WBO, IBO world heavyweight titles)
- Dillian Whyte vs Mariusz Wach (WBC interim heavyweight title)
- Alexander Povetkin vs Michael Hunter (heavyweight)
- Filip Hrgovic vs Eric Molina (WBC international heavyweight title)
- Mahammadrasul Majidov vs Tom Little (heavyweight)
- Hopey Price vs TBC
- Diego Pacheco vs TBC
How much are Joshua and Ruiz being paid?
According to reports, Joshua is set for one of the biggest ever paydays in boxing history.
The 30-year-old is expected to receive anywhere between £45m and £60m for his night’s work.
The Saudi Arabian authorities have paid a fortune to host the fight – over £30m – while sponsorship, broadcasting rights and box office receipts will add to AJ’s earnings.
The pay packet will more than double his net worth to over £100m.
Ruiz Jr, meanwhile, is also set for a career high payday. He is expected to bank around $ 13m (£10m).
What have the fighters said?
AJ told talkSPORT’s Fight Night that becoming a two-time heavyweight champion could go some way to cementing a legacy in the sport and told his critics: ‘watch this space’.
“I didn’t realise how important it was just to win the title once, but a two-time champion is big news.
“Floyd Mayweather cemented his legacy by moving up divisions and beat champions, but I’m doing it a different way.”
He added: “The changes I’ve made will make it very difficult for Ruiz Jr in the rematch. Everyone talks about change but us fighters have a spark in us. I fine-tuned.
“It’s a marathon not a sprint, and I will be victorious. The main thing is about being in control of every situation.
“I know how good I am. I dedicate my life to boxing so it will be no surprise when I win.
“This is all I’ve got so when I do amazing things I keep my head on my shoulders, and my feet on the ground. I know I’m capable of doing it but it’s about doing it in those 36 minutes.”
Ruiz, however, is confident of a repeat outcome: “People said before, who would you rather right: Joshua, Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury? I always said Joshua because of his style.
“Styles make fights. His style was perfect for me to become the unified heavyweight champion.
“You know I made history in New York and I’ll make history again in Saudi Arabia”
Joshua vs Ruiz 2: Tale of the tape
Joshua – Ruiz Jr
Nationality: British – American/Mexican
Age: 30 – 30
Height: 6ft 6 – 6ft 2
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Reach: 82 in – 74 in
Record: 22-1-0 – 33-1-0
KOs: 21 – 22
Rounds: 91 – 151
Debut: 5/10/2013 – 28/03/2009
Nickname: AJ – Destroyer