Earlier this year, when Andy Ruiz Jr defeated Anthony Joshua in a shocking upset, a happy surprise took the boxing world by storm. However, the two are all set to meet in a rematch which is expected to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia later this year which will decide the fate of the titles! Will Ruiz be able to retain them? Or will AJ win them back?
Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr chance to earn back titles in Riyadh
Riyadh beat Dubai to become the official host of the blockbuster boxing event. Earlier this year, Andy Ruiz Jr. Caused a major upset by defeating Anthony Joshua. As a result, the Mexican also stripped AJ off his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles: A triple whammy.
Anthony Joshua’s preferred place so far was Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and Madison Square Garden in New York. Ruiz wanted the match to take place in Mexico. However, according to recent reports by the Telegraph, the two would now have to fight the rematch in Saudi Arabia.
ANDY RUIZ JR DEFEATS ANTHONY JOSHUA IN 7 ROUNDS AND HE'S YOUR NEW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION 😳😳😳
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The report further went on to state that Saudia Arabia’s sports entities have “have put close to $100m” to host the event in Riyadh.
Ruiz and Joshua Tried to Find a Neutral Venue for the Rematch
Anthony Joshua vs Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr. was expected to take place at a neutral venue. Although a final announcement is yet to be made, the promoter of Anthony Joshua also confirmed the news.
I know, I think, where the fight is going, but I just have to wait for some paperwork to be tied up and then we’ll make an announcement.”
The last major fight in Saudi Arabia was the very recent Amir Khan vs Billy Dib clash. Although few anticipated Riyadh to be the venue for this one, it provides a good enough neutral venue for Anthony Joshua and Ruiz Jr.
The Brit will undoubtedly put his all in training for the December match-up. And although Ruiz Jr. landed a few lusty blows and was straightaway dominant in the fight, it’s still difficult to decide a favorite. But a lot of fans would still believe Joshua has it in him to win back his lost titles.