Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2 Live: Andy Ruiz Jr vows to ‘break down’ Anthony Joshua’s mentality in high-stakes rematch
Andy Ruiz Jr has dealt a stark reminder that Anthony Joshua fought “something he’s never seen before” in their first meeting, and threatened to beat him “even faster” in the rematch.
Ruiz Jr also believes Joshua will aim to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight championships next Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office, by adopting a cautious in-ring strategy.
|Fight Event||Joshua vs Ruiz Jr|
|Day & Date||Saturday 7th December 2019|
|Venue||Diriyah, Saudi Arabia|
|Start Time||9:00pm UK time|
|Television||SKY Sports PPV|
|Live Stream||WATCH HERE|
What is it?
It’s the rematch of Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua, following their first fight in June this year.
When is it?
The fight takes place on Saturday, December 7.
Where is it?
Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
What TV channel will it be on?
The fight will be live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK. You can find more details on how to watch the fight live here.
What time is the fight likely to start?
Saudi Arabia is three hours ahead of the UK and the fight is expected to start at 9pm GMT.
How can I get tickets?
Tickets are currently on sale on the Diriyah Season website but even the cheapest seats are around 100 GBP.
Have they ever met before?
Yes, hence the rematch aspect. They met for the first time in June this year. Ruiz Jr produced one of the greatest upsets in heavyweight boxing history as he stopped Joshua via TKO in the seventh round.
What are their records?
Anthony Joshua has been defeated once in 23 fights, winning 22. 21 of those have been by KO.
Andy Ruiz Jr has fought 34 times, winning 33. 22 of those wins have been by KO.
What are they saying?
Ruiz on facing Joshua again:
“I’m confident about the rematch, but I don’t underestimate any fighter. I know AJ’s going to come stronger and more focused but inside the gym, like Mike Tyson says, everyone has a plan until they get hit.”
“I’m sure everybody was trying to look for an excuse and reason why he didn’t perform and why he lost. I think it was down to the style. Styles make fights and I’ve been calling AJ out for a while. I knew his style was perfect for me and that’s why I plan to do the same thing.”
Joshua on facing Ruiz for a second time:
“It’s about how you come back. I have a different challenge in my head. When you’ve walked the road once, you can do it again.”
“I am looking at myself in the mirror and saying I know I’m better than that [losing last time round]. Andy is still the same person. He will come game and I’ve got to change some of my bits and bobs.”
Ruiz Jr vs Joshua: Anthony Joshua’s rematch is ‘bigger than belts’ so he could be forced to vacate a world title
Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr and pursuit of the most exciting fights could mean he is forced to vacate a world title, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Oleksandr Usyk (WBO) and Kubrat Pulev (IBF) are jostling to face the winner of Joshua and Ruiz Jr.
“Some belt could become vacant,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “Because the IBF and the WBO are both going to order their mandatories after Joshua-Ruiz Jr. Unless a deal can be done with someone, you’ve either got to do that, or vacate.”
Vacating a belt and freeing himself of a mandatory challenger would enable Joshua to pursue a mega-fight with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, albeit without every major belt on the line.
“But the Joshua-Ruiz fight is so big, it’s almost bigger than the belts,” Hearn responded.