THERE will never be cases of long-term writer’s block in boxing circles as long as we have the heavyweight division. If the division was a person it would be a drug-addled maniac with a tenuous grip on reality who thinks rubbing their knuckles on your head is great banter. It really is the gift that won’t start giving.
The Atlantic has reported that Andy Ruiz Jnr (33-1, 22 KOs) has agreed in principle to rematch Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on December 7. This means that a fight that was announced a fortnight ago, had a press conference that was not attended by either fighter, and caused outraged fans to lose their heads, which is probably the fate that will befall the construction workers if the venue isn’t erected in time, is almost officially done. Almost.
Ruiz has reportedly accepted a revised purse that is said to add almost a few more millions to the £6.5 million that he originally refused to sign off on to bring the latest total to around £8,200,000. Ruiz will also go back on his insistence that the fight takes place in America.