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Ruiz Jr. vs Joshua 2 on the verge of confirmation

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Andy Ruiz Jr. looks set to defend his heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia against Anthony Joshua in a highly anticipated rematch.

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 then, although WBN understood the fight was all but agreed on Monday evening.

Reports of further bids from Dubai or elsewhere 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 to repeat his fantastic 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 complete 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.

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