WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jnr has confirmed he will rematch former champion Anthony Joshua before the end of the year but stresses the fight will not take place in Saudi Arabia, as announced earlier this week.
The plan, according to a press release last Friday and a press conference on Monday, was for the rematch to happen on December 7 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Absent from this press conference, however, were the two fighters, Ruiz and Joshua, and there was speculation over the weekend that the champion wasn’t best pleased with the premature announcement of a Middle East showdown. Addressing his fans on social media, Ruiz today confirmed this to be true.
“I know everybody is talking about the fight and all that, but we got the real news coming soon and the fight is going to happen soon,” said Ruiz.