Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, OBE a Nigeria Born British professional boxer is set to battle Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr., also known as Andy Ruiz Jr., who is Mexican-American professional boxer. The fight is to take place on Saturday, December 7, the fight is expected to start at 9pm GMT in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
The fight is a rematch of Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua, following their first fight in June this year.
Anthony Joshua has been defeated once in 23 fights, winning 22. 21 of those have been by KO. Andy Ruiz Jr has fought 34 times, winning 33. 22 of those wins have been by KO.
Ruiz on facing Joshua again: “I’m confident about the rematch, but I don’t underestimate any fighter. I know AJ’s going to come stronger and more focused but inside the gym, like Mike Tyson says, everyone has a plan until they get hit.” “I’m sure everybody was trying to look for an excuse and reason why he didn’t perform and why he lost. I think it was down to the style. Styles make fights and I’ve been calling AJ out for a while. I knew his style was perfect for me and that’s why I plan to do the same thing.”
Joshua on facing Ruiz for a second time: “It’s about how you come back. I have a different challenge in my head. When you’ve walked the road once, you can do it again.” “I am looking at myself in the mirror and saying I know I’m better than that [losing last time round]. Andy is still the same person. He will come game and I’ve got to change some of my bits and bobs.”