Anthony Joshua vs Ruiz Jr rematch to be held in Saudi Arabia


Amnesty International has attacked the decision to sanction Anthony Joshua's heavyweight boxing rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia, citing, the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, human rights violations and the conflict in Yemen. Promoter Eddie Hearn will chair a news conference along with Omar Khalil, managing partner of Skill Challenge Entertainment, the official event partner in Saudi Arabia, to formally announce "Clash on the Dunes" in London on Monday, when the timing of the event and venue capacity will be announced. The bout will take place at a temporary outdoor stadium that will be erected exclusively to host the fight, multiple sources with knowledge of the plans told ESPN.

Joshua, previously undefeated and fighting for the first time in the United States, was defending his IBF, WBA and WBO titles but was knocked down four times in the fight.

The New York venue was in the running to host the rematch, as was Cardiff's Principality Stadium, however The Telegraph reports Riyadh has beat them out.

The high-profile December 7 duel, dubbed "Clash on the Dunes", will see Britain's Joshua trying to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles he sensationally lost to American fighter Ruiz in NY in June. August 9, 2019) and revealed that he will rematch Ruiz on December 7 from Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

Offers came in from all over the world, with Saudi Arabia emerging as the surprise host.

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"It's a fight I know I can win, and that's what makes it important, because I know I can win", the 29-year-old told Sky Sports. Saudi Arabia will prove to be a neutral sight that both fighters will need to adequately get adjusted to.

In the past year, the Middle Eastern nation have delved into boxing, hosting two notable bouts with relative success.

Saudi Arabia hosted British boxer Amir Khan's recent win over Billy Dib and Callum Smith's success over George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series final in September.

In July, British boxer Amir Khan won the WBC global welterweight title with a fourth-round stoppage of Australian Billy Dib in Jeddah.