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In the night to the second Sunday of December it gets hot again in the ring. Andy Ruiz Jr., the first US heavyweight boxing champion with Mexican roots, meets ex-champion Anthony Joshua for the second time this year. The fight will be held in Saudi Arabia on 7th of December. AJ challenges The Destroyer to rematch!

It was the night of June 1, when the hype train arrived in New York. The highly favored Joshua made his US debut and was sent off the pitch after a spectacular fight in Round 7. The Madison Square Garden in New York saw a historic evening, with the stocky limb Andy Ruiz, who does not necessarily fit into the image of a classic boxing pro with a buff belly and a tattooed upper body. Ruiz had come only as a substitute for the doped Jarrel “Big Baby” Miller and was considered almost no chance.

All the experts agreed: The 1.98-meter-tall, well-trained Joshua will do “the kid” named Andy Ruiz right away. At first it looked as AJ would be clearly on course for victory again. The Brit knocked Ruiz down in the third round, but he countered with two knockdowns in the same round. After Ruiz remained firm and Joshua looked completely surprised, AJ was knocked down twice in the seventh round. The referee ended the fight, Ruiz conquered the belts of the IBF, WBO and IBO and the WBA. The world of boxing was upside down!

Joshua now uses the rematch clause and so there’s a second fight between him and Ruiz before the end of the year. On Saturday at about 9 pm GMT the focus will on the Saudi Arabian town of Diriyah, a suburb of the capital Riyadh, where the rematch will start. Multi-billion dollar companies in Saudi Arabia have to pay through one’s nose. It is said that the fight costs about 100 million US dollars to bring the rematch in the desert of Saudi Arabia. It’s called “desert warfare”. The boxing fight takes place in an outdoor stadium, which is specially built for this event.

In terms of odds, AJ is the favorite again. Albeit not as high as in June at the first meeting. Tipster offers odds of 1.45 on the challenger. Defending champion Ruiz, however, receives a quota of 2.80 at Tipster.

One thing should be clear: If Joshua lose again, especially by ko, this could possibly mean the end of his career. We are curious!