World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz told media on Monday (December 2) in Saudi capital Riyadh that he is ready for weekend rematch with Anthony Joshua.
Ruiz and Joshua arrived to a welcoming ceremony at a Riyadh restaurant where they spoke to media before they entered.
Both fighters predicted that they will win in their December 7 title rematch.
Mexican-American Ruiz produced one of boxing’s biggest upsets when he dethroned the previously undefeated world champion Joshua with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Square Garden in June.
Their second WBA, IBF and WBO title showdown — dubbed ‘Clash on the Dunes’ — takes place in Saudi Arabia after former Olympic champion Joshua triggered a rematch clause.
Ruiz said the fans can expect “fireworks” when they slug it out again. Joshua was dropped to the canvas four times in the June bout and Ruiz, who has never been knocked out in his professional career, said that he would look to control the fight and use his speed against his taller opponent.
Briton Joshua has said his first career defeat at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. was down to a lack of experience and he has become a “smarter” fighter ahead of the coming rematch.
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