Boxing news: Anthony Joshua rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr to take place in Saudi Arabia on December 7

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Anthony Joshua rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr will take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on December 7 as the Brit looks to regain titles in: ‘Clash on the Dunes’

  • Anthony Joshua will be heading to Saudi Arabia for a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr 
  • Diriyah has beaten Madison Square Garden and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium
  • Joshua lost the belts in a shock defeat to Ruiz Jr in New York in early June 

Anthony Joshua‘s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr will take place on December 7 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

An official announcement was made on Friday confirming the bout for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

Joshua lost the belts in a shock defeat to Ruiz Jr on June 1 at Madison Square Garden. 

Anthony Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz has been labelled the 'Clash on the Dunes'

Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz has been labelled the ‘Clash on the Dunes’

Anthony Joshua will be heading to Saudi Arabia for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr

Anthony Joshua will be heading to Saudi Arabia for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr

Ruiz Jr managed a shock victory over Joshua at Madison Square Garden in early June

Ruiz Jr managed a shock victory over Joshua at Madison Square Garden in early June

The New York venue was in the running to host the rematch, as was Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, however Diriyah, where the first Saudi State was established in 1745, saw off the competition.

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Saudi Arabian sports authorities are said to be putting up almost $100million (£83million) for the match to be held there. In the UK, the fight will be broadcast on Sky Box Office.

Joshua has been battling for the rematch to be held in the UK, however last week Ruiz claimed he would refuse to fight in the UK following Dillian Whyte’s failed drugs test.

Joshua will be looking to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles which he lost to Ruiz Jr in June

Joshua will be looking to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles which he lost to Ruiz Jr in June

Riyadh has reportedly beat out Madison Square Garden and Cardiff's Principality Stadium

Riyadh has reportedly beat out Madison Square Garden and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium

He then admitted he would be fine with fighting again in the United States, however Diriyah is seen to be a more neutral venue. 

Recently, Saudi Arabia hosted Callum Smith vs George Groves, and Amir Khan vs Billy Dib.  

In June, Ruiz Jr sent Joshua to the canvas twice in the third round, dazing the champion. He seemed to recover in the fourth and fifth, but was struggling with a bloodied nose by the end of the sixth.

In the seventh, Ruiz Jr dropped Joshua twice more, and the referee decided to stop the fight. 

Joshua activated the rematch clause in his contract soon after the fight was over. 

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