Dillian Whyte

Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua rematch: Dillian Whyte to fight on undercard in Saudi Arabia

Dillian Whyte will appear on the undercard of the Andy Ruiz Jr vs. Anthony Joshua world heavyweight title rematch in Saudi Arabia on December 7.

Whyte was eager to get on the Sky Sports Box Office event, which is taking place at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia and will now face former world title challenger Mariusz Wach.

Wach, who holds a 35-5 record with 19 knockouts, was scheduled to fight Whyte in 2017 but ‘The Body Snatcher’ was forced to pull out with a foot injury.

‘The Viking’ Wach has faced both Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin previously, and now gets to appear on the huge Clash on the Dunes card.

“I’m delighted to be fighting in Saudi Arabia against Mariusz Wach,” said Whyte. “He’s probably got one of the best chins in the Heavyweight division.

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“I have been training and working hard to fight so it’s great to get a date and it’s very exciting for me to be fighting somewhere different like Saudi Arabia.

“I want to fight in different places and different settings and this card has the biggest Heavyweight fight on it that we have seen in years.

“I’m just going to keep chasing the World titles, so if I keep winning then I hope to land that World title shot in 2020, that’s the plan for December 7.”

Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn added: “This wraps up a huge card for what will be a historic night for the sport. "Ten big Heavyweights will descend on Diriyah to cause a shockwave through world boxing as Saudi Arabia hosts one of the biggest heavyweight fights of all time. Ten days to go!"

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 4/9 (8/11 KO/TKO/DQ, 4/1 points), Ruiz 2/1 (11/4 by KO, 12/1 points)
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