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Ruiz-Joshua rematch date set, fight will happen in Saudi Arabia

Promoter Eddie Hearn had already confirmed three days after the bout that Joshua had triggered the contracted rematch clause. Now the date is set…

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Mexican-American world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. will fight Britain’s Anthony Joshua in a rematch in Saudi Arabia on Dec. 7, Sky Sports reported on Friday.

Ruiz produced one of boxing’s biggest upsets by beating the 29-year-old Joshua with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1.




The Briton, previously undefeated and fighting for the first time in the United States, was defending his IBF, WBA and WBO titles but was knocked down four times in the fight.

Promoter Eddie Hearn had already confirmed three days after the bout that Joshua had triggered the contracted rematch clause for what he called a ‘must-win’ fight for the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion.

Kevin J. Smith covers the world of sports media and entertainment for The Fanatic.

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