Boxing News At Five | Aug 09 2019

Boxing News at Five: Ruiz Jnr vs. Joshua II appears set for Saudi Arabia, White aims to get Zuffa Boxing started in November

Saudi Arabia is now the frontrunner to host Andy Ruiz Jnr's rematch against Anthony Joshua, and Dana White prepares to enter the world of boxing
Anthony Joshua
Joshua's world came crashing down on June 1

ACCORDING to reports, Anthony Joshua’s rematch against world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jnr will no longer be heading for either New York or Cardiff but will instead take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 7.

Gareth A. Davies writes in the Daily Telegraph that an announcement will be made today confirming that Ruiz and Joshua will contest the IBF, WBA and WBO titles in the Middle East, putting an end to a long-running saga during which both heavyweights made their case for having the fight at home.

Ruiz, the new champion, liked the idea of going back to Madison Square Garden, New York, the scene of the first upset, but liked the idea of having the rematch in Mexico even more. Joshua, meanwhile, was opposed to the latter, didn’t mind returning to NYC, but was most excited by the prospect of fighting in Cardiff, Wales, a city in which he is comfortable, having beaten Joseph Parker and Carlos Takam there.


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