Joshua vs Ruiz 2 UK time CONFIRMED: When does huge Saudi rematch start and how do I watch on TV and online?

ANTHONY JOSHUA has arrived in Saudi Arabia for his huge rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr next week.

The British boxer, 30, is looking to reclaim his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles – having suffered a shock defeat to lose them to the Mexican, also 30, in June.

What time is Joshua vs Ruiz 2?

  • Antony Joshua and Andy Ruiz will touch gloves at 9pm GMT on Saturday, December 7 – that is 11pm in Saudi Arabia.
  • This time the fight will not be taking place in the early hours of the morning for British fans like the first clash between the pair in New York back in June.
  • The Diriyah Arena in Diriyah hosts the heavyweight title bout, with the first televised undercard bout set for 6pm GMT.

How can I watch Joshua vs Ruiz 2?

  • The huge heavyweight title fight will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office.
  • Sky Sports Box Office will start their broadcast from 5pm GMT.
  • This will be available for a record £24.95, with the full undercard and main event shown.
  • You can also live stream for the same price on your computer, mobile and tablet devices.
 Joshua is in Saudi Arabia as he prepares for the Ruiz rematch


Joshua is in Saudi Arabia as he prepares for the Ruiz rematchCredit: Mark Robinson Ltd

Who else is on the fight card?

Heavyweights Dillian Whyte, Alexander Povetkin, and Filip Hrgovic have been announced on a stacked undercard:

  • Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua (WBA Super, IBF, WBO, IBO world heavyweight titles)
  • Dillian Whyte vs Mariusz Wach (WBC interim heavyweight title)
  • Alexander Povetkin vs Michael Hunter (heavyweight)
  • Filip Hrgovic vs Eric Molina (WBC international heavyweight title)
  • Diego Pacheco vs TBA
  • Ivan ‘Hopey’ Price vs TBA
  • Mahammadrasul Majidov vs Tom Little (heavyweight)
 Ruiz stopped Joshua in the seventh round of their first fight


Ruiz stopped Joshua in the seventh round of their first fightCredit: Getty Images – Getty

What have the fighters said?

Andy Ruiz Jr: “I don’t think he’s going to try, how can I say this, go head-to-head with me. But if he does, even better.”

Anthony Joshua: “It’s more myself I have to change. I am looking at myself in the mirror and saying I know I’m better than that.

“Andy is still the same person. He will come game and I’ve got to change some of my bits and bobs. ​

“I was 50 per cent of the way towards getting a win, just got caught.​”

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