Andy Ruiz Jr Adamant Anthony Joshua Rematch Won't Be In Saudi Arabia And Wants US Venue

Andy Ruiz Jr is adamant that the Anthony Joshua rematch won't take place in Saudi Arabia, and says he wants it to be in the US on his terms.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn formally announced on Monday that the highly anticipated rematch will take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on December 7.

But Ruiz Jr insists the second meeting will be on his terms and in America - not Saudi Arabia.

Speaking on Instagram live, the unified heavyweight champion said: "I know everybody's talking about the fight and all that, but we got real news coming soon.

"But the fight is gonna happen soon. Has AJ got the rematch? Yes, he do got the rematch.

"You taking that rematch, champ? Of course, but it's gonna be on my terms and our terms, we're gonna bring it back here in the United States."

At Monday's press conference to confirm Ruiz Jr vs. Joshua 2, Hearn claimed both men have signed off on the rematch.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Image: PA
Image: PA

"The contract for the rematch was signed prior to the first fight," the Matchroom boss explained. "They are both signed at the same time. There is no other contract.

"We have to let [Ruiz Jr] know the time, date and venue which we have done. That's it. They are contractually bound for the rematch.

"There are no conversations between the two teams about not doing the fight. I don't perceive a problem.

"He signed a contract with us that he was absolutely over the moon with, that gave him the opportunity of a lifetime. He will 100 per cent honour that contract.

"His choice is to have a legal battle that could put him out of boxing for years, or to defend his belts for a lot of money against a guy he has already beaten. There isn't any doubt he will take the fight."

The back-and-forth over the venue continues to rumble on.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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