As World Boxing News reported first on August 6th, Saudi Arabia had made a viable bid to stage the contest.
Eddie Hearn was crunching the numbers at the time, although WBN understood the fight was all but agreed on Monday evening.
Reports of further bids from Dubai or anywhere else were not on the table as Wales was the only other consideration for Ruiz v Joshua 2.
Regarding dates for the second clash between the pair, December 7 and 14 have emerged as the favored two. It seems November has all but been ruled out after talks.
As WBN previously revealed, a final confirmation could come as early as Friday.
Ruiz will put his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA belts on the line in a bid to repeat his amazing success in the first bout.
On June 1st at Madison Square Garden, Ruiz became the first top division ruler of Mexican descent. Ruiz recovered from a knockdown himself to drop Joshua four times in New York.
Should the 29 year-old repeat the feat, Premier Boxing Champions chief Al Haymon will gain full control of the most glamorous weight class.
An undisputed unification with Deontay Wilder then becomes a massive possibility for 2020.
For Joshua, the Brit has to avenge the shocking loss. ‘AJ’ knows anything less could effectively end his career.
Speaking recently to JD Sports, the former title holder discussed the initial clash and hopes for revenge in-depth.
In a situation World Boxing News has followed closely since first breaking the news of a possible fight in Saudi Arabia, the Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua rematch is close to being completed. WBN initially understood the fight could be done and dusted by Friday, which may still be the case if final talks […]
A high-profile rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua is now down to a choice of two venues, according to bookmakers at SkyBet. As World Boxing News reported first on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia emerged as a late contender despite opening in the Sky betting at 28/1 Those fractions soon plummeted down to odds-on favoritism. […]