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Joshua heading to Saudi Arabia for Ruiz rematch

10th August 2019, 09:38 by Chris Rivers

Saudi Arabia has won the right to stage the heavyweight rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz J on December 7.

AJ lost his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles and his unbeaten record in shocking circumstances against Ruiz back in June, the Mexican knocking down the Briton four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage win.

Joshua was quick to activate the rematch clause in his contract and talks have been ongoing for several weeks over where the fight would be staged, the first encounter having taken place at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Cardiff's Principality Stadium, where Joshua has fought twice previously, had been put forward but Ruiz's camp were not keen on his first defence taking place in the UK.

A lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia, reportedly worth in excess of £82million, was also tabled and all parties have now agreed for the fight to take place in the Middle East nation with Joshua's promoter Matchroom saying more details on the bout will be announced at a press conference on Monday.

Diriyah, on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh, will be the venue for the contest and the announcement hasn't gone down well with boxing fans and human rights groups, who have criticised the decision to select Saudi Arabia as the host.

Saudi Arabia has staged several big fights recently with George Groves and Callum Smith contesting the World Boxing Super Series final last September, while Amir Khan defeated Billy Dibs last month.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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