News | Aug 12 2019

Eddie Hearn defends decision to stage Joshua-Ruiz rematch in Saudi Arabia

Eddie Hearn claims Joshua-Ruiz rematch 'could change boxing forever'
Eddie Hearn
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PROMOTER Eddie Hearn claims Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia could change boxing forever.

The bout, dubbed ‘Clash on the Dunes’, will see Joshua bid to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles which Ruiz Jr took from him in a stunning upset at Madison Square Garden in June, and will take place on December 7.

Amnesty International has criticised the choice of Saudi Arabia for the fight, citing human rights violations, the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the ongoing war in Yemen.

 

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