Clash on the Dunes: Andy Ruiz Agrees to Fight Joshua in Saudi

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Andy Ruiz Jnr has now reportedly agreed to fight Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia for their second bout in December. 

The world heavyweight champion who defeated Joshua in June to win the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles originally had ‘security concerns’ about their location for their rematch in the Middle East.

But, after receiving reassurances and a bigger purse than the original figure of £8million, the fight is now set, according to The Athletic. 

An announcement was made about the rematch earlier this month but Ruiz was unhappy about the terms on offer, with his camp wanting the fight to take place in the States.

The Mexican was set to receive around £8million from the fight with his team using the threat of refusing to fight in Saudi Arabia in their favour.

Ruiz is to return to training but his trainer Manny Robles admits he has his work cut out to get his charge fit.

“We’re working on getting back together this week,” he told ESPN .

“I was hoping it would be [Monday] but it wasn’t, so we’re definitely working on that right now. We didn’t have a training session [Monday], but we’re scheduled to start training this week.

“He’s not in great shape, but he’s hitting the gym back home in Imperial. He’s running the treadmill, but obviously we haven’t fully begun training camp.

“Once we do we have [close to] four months to get ready for a fight. That’s enough time to get him in shape. Let’s hope we can get him back in the gym real soon and get him going again.”

Robles added: “If I could make the decision as far as where the fight would be I would say here in L.A. or Vegas, but it’s not up to me.

“It’s up to the promoters, Mr. Eddie Hearn and Al Haymon to sit down and decide where and when. That has absolutely nothing to do with me. My job is just to get the fighter ready.

The hotly-anticipated rematch between the British-Nigerian boxer and the Mexican-American star which is billed as the ‘Clash of the Dunes’, will take place on the 7th of December in Diriyah. 

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