ON Wednesday Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz went head-to-head in Saudi Arabia to confirm that their December 7 rematch is indeed going ahead in Diriyah. The first Joshua vs Ruiz fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles in June resulted in a shocking upset victory for the Mexican-American.
Publicly Britain’s Joshua appears satisfied to have given up home advantage, which he could have enforced, for this rematch. “Thank you all for your hospitality, to the people and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I never thought that I would be fighting outside of London or America so it is a blessing and I am humbled to be here,” he said at the kick-off press conference.
“With the fight, I feel that I was up against a good challenger at the time and I was only champion until June 1, as Andy is champion now, that will last until December 7 when he has to put his titles in the air and two warriors will go to war and the best man will walk out victorious. I am really looking forward to the challenge and I am glad the people here are supporting boxing. Some may support me, others may support Andy, but at the end of the day we are going to have a really good night of boxing and that is what we are all here for.”