Ruiz VS Joshua 2

Ruiz VS Joshua 2: Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz 2: date, fight time, odds, ring walk, undercard fights and how to stream and watch live in UK
The ‘Clash on the Dunes’ offers AJ a chance at redemption after June defeat

The boxing world came to a standstill when Andy Ruiz Jnr floored Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden in June.

Joshua was undefeated, his opponent – the unfancied and misleadingly out-of-shape Ruiz – was a last-minute stand-in for Jarrell Miller.

The fight was viewed by many as an obligatory stepping-stone on the way to Joshua being truly tested against one of Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.

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That narrative was thrown out the window, however, and Ruiz emerged as a global superstar and new world champion.

On Saturday, as they meet once gain in Saudi Arabia, Joshua has a shot at redemption and a chance to regain his titles.

Here’s everything you need to know:

What time will Joshua v Ruiz start?
Joshua and Ruiz are expected to commence the ring walks at 10pm (GMT).

The fight should then start shortly before 10.30pm.

Where is the fight taking place?
The original bout in New York was said to be Joshua’s introduction to US audiences.

The rematch was expected to stay in New York or go to Cardiff before a lucrative, last-minute offer moved the fight to the Middle East, to a purpose-built stadium in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

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Accordingly, the fight has been labelled “The Clash on the Dunes”.

Work on the stadium, a 15,000-capacity open-seater which promoter Eddie Hearn has hailed as “utterly breathtaking”, only began two months before the fight and was finished a little over a week ago.

How to watch

There has talk that Joshua has slimmed down for the fight (Photo: Getty)
There has talk that Joshua has slimmed down for the fight (Photo: Getty)
UK viewers must make a one-time purchase of £24.99 from Sky Box Office to watch the fight.

This includes the full undercard as well as highlights the following day.

Who’s on the
Joshua-Ruiz 2 undercard
The undercard begins at 4 pm UK time, with the following fights confirmed:

Alexander Povetkin v Michael Hunter (heavyweight)
Dillian Whyte v Mariusz Wach (WBC interim heavyweight title)
Filip Hrgovic v Eric Molina (WBC international heavyweight title)
Mahammadrasul Majidov v Tom Little (heavyweight)
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Talking points:
Immediately after the fight in June, Joshua described the defeat as a “blip”.

However, efeat for Joshua on Saturday will be seen as confirmation that June was not an off day and Ruiz is the better boxer.

Winning, however, will go some way to repairing his reputation as arguably the finest heavyweight boxer in the world and conversation can return to the prospect of future showdowns with Fury or Wilder.

And if he does win, he’s promised to reveal all about why he lost in June, something that’s been the subject of much scrutiny, including conspiracies that he was unsettled by the late change of opponent, made complacent by the media attention or had a pre-match panic attack.

There were also rumours of a rift with Hearn after his father was seen shouting at him in the ring after the fight.

Another big talking point is how much weight the two have lost. Social media has been rife with speculation that both men have slimmed down for the fight, although reports from their workout on Tuesday night appeared to show little change.

The weigh-in is on Friday.

Ruiz is noted to be surprisingly fast for his size (Photo: Getty)
Ruiz is noted to be surprisingly fast for his size (Photo: Getty)
What they’ve said
Anthony Joshua: “I walked as the champion even before I had the belts. Nothing has changed. When I win, I will be like ‘F*** everybody’.

“I have more understanding now and my ears are open to new information so that’s making me smarter as a fighter. Anyone can be hungrier, I am smarter.”

Eddie Hearn: “I can see it in his eyes, [Joshua] wants it so bad. I don’t know if he’s ever wanted to win so bad before.”

Andy Ruiz Jr: ”We have to break him down, especially his mentality. The pressure isn’t on me ’cause I followed my dream, made my dreams come true.”


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.

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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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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.