Ruiz-AJ confirmed-Saudi Arabian Blood Money

"Matchroom Sport has officially confirmed that the anticipated rematch between Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua will take place on December 7th in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom will hold a press conference this coming Monday in London, to discuss the details of the event.

The card is being called "Clash on The Dunes."

Back on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Ruiz shocked the world when he dropped Joshua four times to secure a seventh round stoppage. Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) had been down in the third round, but rallied to drop Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) twice in the same round and then two more times in the seventh.

The victory gave him the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA world titles.

Ruiz was a massive underdog heading into the bout. He accepted the fight on late notice, after original opponent Jarrell Miller was pulled from the contest after testing positive for banned substances in three separate drug tests administrated by VADA.

A few days after the loss, Joshua exercised his contractual right to an immediate rematch.

There was an immediate tug of war over the location. Joshua and his handlers wanted Principality Stadium in Cardiff, while Ruiz and his handlers wanted a location in the United States or Mexico.

Joshua, as the A-side of the deal, had the power to select the location, and it appeared that Cardiff would be the eventual pick. But, a large group of investors in Saudi Arabia reportedly staked a near $100 million to secure the rights to stage the event.

Sky Sports Box Office will carry the rematch in the UK. DAZN has yet to confirm their involvement, but the streaming service is expected to secure the fight."


Gold's picture

This seemed to be the most likely outcome but I think everyone hoped it wouldn't actually happen, we all lose.