Joshua vs Ruiz 2

Joshua vs Ruiz 2: Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz 2 fight in London: Where to watch the boxing this weekend

The biggest heavyweight fight of the year is taking place this weekend, with Anthony Joshua taking on Andy Ruiz Jr for the second time in 2019.

After suffering a shock defeat in New York back in June, Joshua goes into the fight needing a win to regain his IBF, WBA (Super) and WBO world titles.

Ruiz Jr knocked his opponent down four times before the bout was called off in the seventh round in the summer, providing one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing history.

The rematch – dubbed the Clash on the Dunes – is taking place in Saudi Arabia this Saturday, with the fight getting underway at around 9pm UK time.

Here are our picks of where to watch the bout in London.

Our pick: Boxpark Wembley and Croydon

The Boxparks in Wembley and Croydon will both be open from 4pm, with live music performances and screenings of the undercard fights Alexander Povetkin vs Michael Hunter​ and Filip Hrgovic vs Eric Molina. Fans will have to chance to get themselves on TV during the fight too, as crowd reactions from the screenings will be shown on Sky Sports as part of their coverage. Tickets are £10 for general entry and £15 for a table seat, and both can be bought here.

Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua 2: AJ weighs in three stones lighter than Ruiz
Heavyweight title fight odds, date, time, venue & verdict
Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua pose for photos after weighing in ahead of their rematch in Saudi Arabia
Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua pose for photos after weighing in ahead of their rematch in Saudi Arabia
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By Dan Williams
UPDATED 9:03PM, DEC 6 2019

The official weigh-in
Anthony Joshua was 10 pounds lighter than that first fight at 237lbs, while Ruiz was unexpectedly 15lbs heavier scaling 283lbs at Friday’s official weigh in.

However, Ruiz was wearing a clothes and a huge hat on the scales, so don’t rule out a few tricks being played as most people had been impressed with his speed during a public workout just one day earlier.

The betting markets reacted by pushing out Ruiz slightly, with his fight odds drifting from 21-10 to 9-4. It’s perceived that the extra weight means that Ruiz will go looking for the knockout, which was cut from 3-1 to 11-4, while the odds for a Ruiz points victory were pushed out from 14-1 to 16-1 and a Joshua win on the scorecards was cut from 4-1 to 7-2.

When and where is the fight?
Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua 2 will take place on December 7 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Where can you watch it and how much does it cost?
The fight will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK. The pay-per-view price has been set at £24.95.

What time will it be on?
Riyadh is three hours ahead of GMT, and promoter Eddie Hearn has said the ring walks will be at 9pm UK time.

What are the fight odds?
4-9 Anthony Joshua
9-4 Andy Ruiz Jr
33-1 draw

Method of victory
Evs Joshua by KO
7-2 Joshua by decision
11-4 Ruiz by KO
16-1 Ruiz by decision

*Best odds available on December 3, 2019

More on the big fight

Ruiz v Joshua 2: big-fight preview and prediction
Ruiz v Joshua undercard
The greatest heavyweight rematches
Five biggest heavyweight upsets
Tale of the tape

Ruiz was a huge 12-1 underdog when he shocked the world by knocking out Joshua in New York in June, but unsurprisingly his odds are far shorter for the rematch.

However, given the comprehensive nature of his victory, there still looks plenty of value in backing Ruiz to retain his heavyweight titles.

Arguably, Joshua didn’t win a single round and although he knocked Ruiz down the American got straight back up and floored AJ four times, exposing his fragile jaw and breaking his spirit.

Conspiracy theories have been rife since the stunning upset, but the uncomfortable truth may be that Ruiz is simply a better boxer and his high-pressure style and fast hands are a bad matchup for Joshua.

It should be another toe-to-toe battle and Joshua could come out on top, but it’s no certainty.

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