By Mark Elezaj
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Andy Ruiz Jr. has reportedly agreed to face Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia according to The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger.
It is being reported that on Wednesday, Ruiz and his team had agreed to the terms that will have him facing Joshua again on Dec. 7 at a soon-to-be-constructed outdoor stadium in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
The Athletic reports that Ruiz and his team reached an agreement for the rematch, in exchange for a raise from an $8 million guaranteed package to a $10 million package.
It looks like promoter Eddie Hearn has made Ruiz “happier” in terms of the money, including giving Ruiz the Mexican television rights for the rematch.
According to ESPN, sources also said that both camps agreed to have the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, who oversaw the first fight, oversee the random drug testing for the rematch.
There is also word that both camps have agreed that the referee and judges will need to have at least 40 world title fights of experience to be considered for the rematch, sources told ESPN.
Paperwork for the rematch is being sent to Ruiz’s management team to look over. Once they look over and give the ok, Ruiz will sign the contract and set up the highly anticipated rematch.
Ruiz originally said that he wanted the rematch to take place in Mexico or the United States, but Hearn and Joshua didn’t agree. Ruiz was contractually obligated to fight Joshua again thanks to a clause in the contract from their first fight.
Joshua quickly exercised his right to an immediate rematch, which was expected to take place either at Madison Square Garden or at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, until Hearn was given a massive site offer to have the rematch take place in Saudi Arabia. Both he and Joshua agreed to have the rematch take place there.
Ruiz would not agree to the rematch taking place in Saudi Arabia until his stipulations were met. It appears that his stall tactic worked.
DAZN, who streamed their first fight, is reportedly in the process of finalizing a deal to broadcast the rematch.
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