Anthony Joshua faces Andy Ruiz Jr in what will be a career defining rematch following his dramatic defeat in their first fight.
The Brit relinquished his world heavyweight titles in stunning fashion on his American debut in June, being put down four times as Ruiz Jr pulled off 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 will be 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.
As Joshua handed Ruiz the opportunity to face him to begin with, AJ’s camp has been contractually able to call the shots with regards to where this second fight will take place.
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Despite this, getting a date and venue confirmed proved difficult once again.
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’.
Joshua flew out to Saudi Arabia last weekend to acclimatise and ramp up his preparations, while Ruiz Jr headed out on Tuesday.
What time is Joshua vs Ruiz Jr 2 slated to start?
Joshua and Ruiz are make to their ring walks at approximately 10pm UK time on Saturday, December 7, which will be 1am in Saudi Arabia.
How can I watch Joshua vs Ruiz 2?
The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office, at a price of £24.95. Their broadcast will begin from 5pm UK time.
You can watch through Sky Sports Box Office (Sky channel 491) or Sky Sports Box Office HD (Sky channel 492).
You can also live stream the fight for the same price on your computer, mobile and tablet devices.
It will be available for purchase through NOW TV.
In the US, it will be shown live on DAZN.
Who is on the undercard?
The following five fights have been confirmed ahead of the main event, with more expected to follow:
- 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
- Hopey Price vs TBC
- Diego Pacheco vs TBC
What have the fighters said?
AJ has warned his rival that he will only be the world heavyweight champion until they meet again.
He said: “I feel I was up against a good challenger at the time and, as I mentioned [before that fight], I was only champion until June 1.
“As Andy’s champion right now, that will only last until December 7. Until he has to put his titles in the air, two warriors go to war and the best man will walk out victorious.
“I’m going to whup him, and show how great I am.
“They think he’s so great, so when I beat him I want everybody to bow to my feet and tell me how great I am.”
Ruiz, however, is confident of a repeat outcome: “The only thing I’m doing differently is sparring. I’ve got a lot of different sparring partners in case he tries to switch his style up – in case he tries to box, or keep me away with the jab. We’re practicing.
“I’ve had an almost three-month camp for this fight. We’ve got more things done. We’ve practiced what AJ is going to do.”
Joshua vs Ruiz 2: Tale of the tape
Joshua – Ruiz Jr
Nationality: British – American
Age: 30 – 29
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
Who is the favourite?
Anthony Joshua is 2/5 to win, while Ruiz Jr is the outsider again at 21/10. The draw is 33/1.
*Odds correct at time of writing and taken from Paddy Power