Best bets for Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua fight

Ross Houston
December 7, 2019

Ruiz, who was born in the United States but fights as a Mexican, caused one of boxing's biggest upsets in NY in June when he handed Joshua a first defeat to win the WBA, IBF and WBO title in NY.

"I may be less than 17 stone (107.95 kg)", Joshua said.

Anthony Joshua described the venue for Saturday's fight - a hastily put-together arena in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyadh - as the "Mecca of boxing" during a final press conference on Wednesday, 4 December. Ruiz, who has only lost once before - to New Zealand's Joseph Parker - said: "There's no way that I'm going to let these belts go".

"It has been a roller-coaster and now that I made the dreams come true there is no way I will let these go".

Ruiz also hinted at some of what he was working on in preparation for the title defense against Joshua.

Both Joshua and Ruiz, however, have shrugged off criticism over Saudi Arabia's human rights record, saying they were happy to have the fight in the kingdom. "It's a time to keep that challenger mindset and move on to the next target".

The rematch will take place in Diriyah, home to a UNESCO World Heritage site and a dramatic contrast to the iconic Madison Square Garden which hosted the first fight between the two men which ended in a seventh-round stoppage.

"Before I was trying to bench-press a house. I think that's what the people want to see is bloodshed and knockouts, so I think we'll definitely see each other a third time". "I'm ready for whatever comes my way".

Watch Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2 on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from 5pm.

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