This Saturday, December 7th, Andy Ruiz Jr. is set to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super World Heavyweight Title against Anthony Joshua at Dirlyah Arena in Dirlyah, Saudi Arabia.
The fight will be broadcast like on DAZN and it a highly anticipated rematch from their June showdown at the mythical Madison Square Garden in New York where Ruiz shocked the world when he rose from the canvas to knock down Joshua multiple times en route to a seventh round TKO victory.
As both men make their preparations for fight week, the outdoor arena that previously did not exist is taking form, harkening back to the old million dollar gates where arenas were erected in anticipation of big fights. There seems to be a very air of mystique about this whole fight, whether its compared to Jack Dempsey vs Carpentier at Boyle’s Thirty Acres or Muhammad Ali vs Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle”.
After their first match was called one of the most shocking upsets in boxing history, the rematch has everyone wondering if Ruiz is going to once again rise to the occasion; or if it will simply be an aberration to boxing history along the lines of Buster Douglas’s upset over Mike Tyson. Not many question Ruiz’s pedigree, but many are questioning Joshua’s performance and abilities after the first fight.
The stage is set for the historic bout that everyone has been waiting for, and now the fight week festivities will be carried out which include the final press conference, the public workout, and the weigh-in ceremony.
Andy Ruiz Jr. will be entering the bout with a record of 33 wins, 1 loss, and 22 wins coming via knockout. Joshua, meanwhile will be entering the ring with a record of 22 wins, 1 loss, and 21 wins coming via knockout.