Two preliminary dates have been confirmed for before the end of the year for Joshua vs Ruiz part two!
The two fighters met in Maddison Square Gardens back in June. AJ was the heavy favourite going into this with Ruiz ranked as the 25th best heavyweight at the time. However, the Mexican fighter overcame the odds and beat AJ in emphatic fashion.
AJ had knocked down Ruiz in the third round, only for him to fight back and put AJ on the canvas three times. After the third knockdown, the referee called the fight and AJ was awarded his first loss!
Since then AJ’s team has revoked a clause in the contract for the first fight. This will now see the two heavyweights rematch again this year.
AJ vs Ruiz
There are two potential fight locations for the rematch. It will take place on November 29th if the two men decide to go back to New York at MSG. The Principality Stadium in Cardiff has also been booked out for December 14th. The reason they have chosen The Principality is because of the roof they have with it being winter.
AJ has a good record in Cardiff, he successfully defended all of his belts against Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker there in 2017/18.
It is thought that three other places have offered to host the fight. One of them being in the USA and the other two being two different countries. However, it looks like it’s going to be New York or Cardiff.
There are also rumours that the fight date hasn’t been agreed yet as Ruiz is trying to avoid a rematch. Though Eddie Hearn has said legal action would be taken if this happened.
AJ is the favourite for the rematch on Bet365 priced at 2/7 with the current world heavyweight champion at 5/2.
However, these aren’t the 0nly to big heavyweight fights coming up. Next weekend Dillian Whyte takes on Oscar Rivas. The British heavyweight is the favourite for this at 1/5 and Rivas at 10/3. This week it was confirmed that Whyte would take on the winner of Fury vs Wilder.
These two men, regarded as the best heavyweights in the world will fight early next year. Fury confirmed they would be having a rematch but before that, both men have fights of their own.