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The rematch is confirmed for Saudi Arabia on December 7 amid much criticism,
LISTEN UP: Hearn makes his case for boxing in Saudi Arabia

IT’S unheard of that a press conference to announce a fight as big as the Andy Ruiz Jnr-Anthony Joshua rematch goes ahead without the fighters in attendance. But this whole rivalry, right from its inception, is no ordinary fare.

Not only did Joshua and Ruiz – a substitute for drug cheat Jarrell Miller – combine to stun an entire planet when the Mexican American dethroned the heavyweight champion inside New York’s Madison Square Garden in June, they have now raised as many eyebrows by agreeing to renew their hostilities in Saudi Arabia. A yet-to-be constructed 12,000-seater stadium in Diriyah, a town on the outskirts of Riyadh, the Saudi capital, will host the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight title fight on December 7.

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