By Mark Elezaj
Matchroom Sport has officially confirmed that the rematch between heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz (33-1, 22 KO’s) and former champion Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21 KO’s) will be taking place on December 7th in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn will be holding a press conference on Monday in London, to discuss the details of the rematch.
Both men faced off on June 1st at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ruiz, a huge underdog in the fight, shocked the world when he floored Joshua four times, stopping him via TKO in the seventh round.
With the upset victory, Ruiz Jr. won the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA world titles.
Joshua exercised his right to an immediate rematch a few days after the loss.
Both camps went back and forth on where the rematch should take place. Joshua and Hearn wanted the rematch to take place in England while Ruiz felt it should happen in either America or Mexico.
Joshua says he is solely focused on the rematch with Ruiz.
Neutral grounds – LETS GO – Dec 7th, time to be 2X – 258MGT 👑 pic.twitter.com/cNOJV3QkYX
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) August 9, 2019
“The only guys I should be fighting are the best in the world. I feel like I can correct my wrongs. I’ve come from a tough background and I know Ruiz beating me is something I can overcome.
“I see a lot of talking about what Ruiz wants. I don’t mind fighting in America, I’ve done it before. And I’d love to fight him [in the UK] because I went [to America] off my own back. So I’d love it to be in Cardiff. However, it’s going to be on neutral ground. I’ll battle for it to be in the UK. It’s my stomping ground.
“The British fans that have been riding with me from day one want to see me get those belts back. To walk out in Cardiff in front of 70,000 or 80,000 people screaming for you to win. The energy running through your body is incredible, and it might give me the little bit of edge I need to win those belts.
“I need to focus on my training. I know there’s a rematch, I know it’s going to be this year and it’s going to be on neutral ground. I want Ruiz to have a say, he’s the champion. I want to fight here, he wants to fight elsewhere. We’ll fight on neutral ground, no problem. I just want to focus on the win. I’m not interested when the decision is made or where it is.”
But, according to sources, a large group of investors from Saudi Arabia have offered up to $100 million to secure the rights to stage the fight.
The rematch will be broadcast by pay-per-view service Sky Box Office in the UK and sports streaming subscription service DAZN in the United States.
The card is being called “Clash on The Dunes.”
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