Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua II: The fighters meet for the first time ahead of their rematch in Saudi Arabia

Andy Ruiz Jr will fight Anthony Joshua on December 7
Andy Ruiz Jr will fight Anthony Joshua on December 7

Heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz Jr believes the result will be exactly the same when he faces Anthony Joshua in their rematch in Saudi Arabia.

Ruiz, who was born in America but fights for Mexico, shocked the division at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1 when he inflicted a first defeat on Joshua to win the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles.

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Ruiz Jr v Joshua II: Big fight details

  • When: December 7, 2019
  • Where: Open-air 12,000-seat stadium in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
  • TV Channel: Sky Sports Box Office
  • Records: Ruiz 33-1, 22 KOs. Joshua 22-1, 21 KOs
  • Titles on the line: WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO
  • Sky Bet odds: Joshua 1/3 (8/11 KO/TKO/DQ, 3/1 points), Ruiz 9/4 (11/4 by KO, 12/1 points)

Former Olympic champion Joshua was knocked down four times before he was stopped in the seventh round on his US debut, marking one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history.

"I'm really hungry," Ruiz said in Saudi Arabia at the opening leg of a three-stop World Tour to promote the bout on December 7 in Diriyah.

"A lot of people are saying I'm not training, that I'm not taking it serious but I've got all these belts, there's a lot of responsibility to this. I'm going to try my best, keep these belts, have them back in Mexico.

"December 7th I'm going to make another history and I'm going to win here in the same fashion, the same way that I won June 1st and I'm going to prove everyone wrong.

"The hunger still remains, I don't want 15 minutes of fame, I want it to last. I want to be a champion for more years.

"He's more hungry, he wants his belts back so that's what's giving me more motivation. I only had a month, a month and a half to train for the first fight. This time we have a whole camp, so that benefits me as well."

Joshua did not offer any similar predictions as to the outcome of the fight, adding: "I was up against a good challenger at the time and as I mentioned I was only champion until June the first.

"And as Andy's champion right now, that will last till December the seventh until he has to put his titles in the air, two warriors go to war and the best man will walk out victorious. I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

Ruiz Jr's trainer Manny Robles said: "It's time to turn the page. Dreams do come true, but now it's a reality.

"It's time to go to work. I can promise the fans that Andy will be ready. He'll be ready for the challenge.

"There will be changes. Obviously we will be more time to prepare this time around.

"You will expect a better Andy Ruiz. Faster, leaner, stronger."

Joshua and Ruiz will meet on Thursday in New York and on Friday in London.

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