Saudi Arabia to host major title fight

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2019

Ruiz Jr. knocked Joshua down four times in seven rounds in their June 1 meeting to claim three of the four recognized world heavyweight titles in a momentous upset.

The biggest heavyweight fight of the year between Mexican champion Andy Ruiz Jr (33-1, 22 KOs) and former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) in his next fight.

Joshua was surprisingly stopped by Ruiz in Madison Square Garden in NY back in June in what was the British fighter's first professional loss.

Ruiz Jr - Mexico's first heavyweight champion - was hoping to rematch "AJ" in the United States of America and repeatedly vocalised that desire in several interviews.

The questions over the rematch, which was always likely to happen because of a clause in the contract from the first fight, were initially because of the location.

The rematch had been widely touted but Cardiff's Principality Stadium was tipped as favorite to stage the event.

But according to The Athletic "in excess" of £33m was paid as a site fee for the fight held in Saudi Arabia.

The Olympic gold medallist has vowed to erase the memory of his maiden loss and is already hard at work rectifying the errors he made that fateful night at MSG.

"What makes it more important is how I prepare for this fight".

'In the second round I heard the crowd booing, someone told me there was a fight going on in the arena, that's why, ' he said.

"And that's why, when I looked at my options of what we need to do as a team, whether we keep it the same, add to what we have or got rid of it, I thought option two was the best because I'm only a product of what I'm taught in the gym".

Although Eddie Hearn announced the Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch as being official, it now appears that is not the case.

"It's my stomping ground, I went out there so let's do the rematch here, and I think it will be unbelievable before the year is out and I'll definitely be having a lovely New Year with my family".

'But when I come for that rematch, he's gonna be dealing with a completely different beast.

'The objective for that fight was, 'what is he doing next?', it wasn't exclusively on winning that fight.

'Everything it meant to Ruiz winning, is everything it didn't mean to me beating him'.

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