The two are set for a rematch and at first, reports stated that they would be fighting in either November or December.
Unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. will put his trio of belts on the line against the man he won the belts off of in Anthony Joshua on December 7, in Saudi Arabia. DAZN USA also jumped into the fray, tweeting: "The Rematch is Confirmed".
As he handed Ruiz the opportunity to begin with, Joshua was contractually able to call the shots with regards to where this second fight will take place. "#RuizJoshua2." The Saudi Arabian setting may seem odd, as the middle eastern nation certainly isn't known as a boxing haven.
What do you think about the announced location for the Ruiz vs. Joshua II bout? The exact titles the Englishman lost to Ruiz back in June.
Uninterested in a low-key comeback fight, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist will jump into an immediate rematch with Ruiz Jr on neutral ground as he looks to reclaim his position as the No 1 heavyweight and continue on his journey to becoming the undisputed king.
Ruiz was a massive underdog heading into the bout.
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. I'd never seen that side of Saudi Arabia before. Now he holds three of the four major titles, and will be entering the biggest heavyweight title matchup in years.
The former unified world welterweight champion is a Muslim and has embarked on pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia on a number of occasions, offering him his own perspective on the country. There, Joshua was entering the bout with a flawless 22-0 record and was making his United States debut.
Hearn had previously talked up the Principality Stadium in Cardiff as the leading contender to host the rematch, but Ruiz Jr has recently expressed reservations about coming to the United Kingdom for the rematch.