Anthony Joshua will look to bounce back from one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing as he gets a second crack at Andy Ruiz Jr in December.
For a while, it did seem as though agreeing on a neutral venue would be the only thing delaying an immediate rematch between these two but now, according to The Athletic, a venue and a date have been decided on.
With the fight now set to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an open-air venue will be constructed specifically for the contest – after talks of the bout potentially taking place in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Of course, the first meeting between Joshua and Ruiz Jr. saw the Mexican spring the upset in stunning fashion – stopping the Englishman for his first career defeat in a fight, that by all accounts, he should have been winning comfortably.
With the looming presence of heavyweight superstars like Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, the plans that were held by the powers that be for Joshua would have no doubt been set back quite a way when the massive underdog managed to shut down AJ in such impressive fashion.
When you consider that he replaced Jarrell Miller on short notice, it makes that win that bit more impressive.
Even still, the sequel will likely be the biggest fight of the boxing calendar year and with the endorsement deals and high-profile media appearances now coming in thick and fast, Ruiz has managed to make himself something of a star in his own right.
Say what you want about the state of heavyweight boxing in the last decade or so, 2019 has proven that it’s back with a bang.