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Publish Date : 11 August 2019 - 23:46  ,  
News ID: 6018
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Andy Ruiz Jr (R) punches Anthony Joshua after their IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden on June 01, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)
Andy Ruiz Jr (R) punches Anthony Joshua after their IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden on June 01, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)

 

The rematch fight between Britain’s Anthony Joshua and Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr is scheduled to be held in the Saudi town of Diriyah, located on the northwestern outskirts of the capital Riyadh, on December 7.

The time and location of the fighting was approved by the International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization on Friday and announced by Matchroom Boxing, the world's leading boxing promoter.

The first match between Joshua, a former unified world heavyweight champion, and Ruiz, currently the world heavyweight champion, was held in New York in early June, when Ruiz earned a shock seventh-round stoppage victory to hand Joshua his first professional loss.

The duel in Diriyah, dubbed “Clash on the Dunes,” will see Joshua trying to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles he sensationally lost to Ruiz.

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