Ruiz vs Joshua rematch in Saudia Arabia

This was the scene back on June 1, 2019, after Andy Ruiz Jr. from Imperial, Calif. won the World Heavyweight Title after stopping the former champion Anthony Joshua (center) who in this photo is graciously acknowledging Ruiz’s stunning victory.
AJ Anthony Joshua’s preparation and as stated: His present “visualization” of what will now occur on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
Undercard for the first-ever boxing show at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia:
  • lightweights Majid Al Naqbi (3-0) versus Ilia Beruashvili (8-12)
  • featherweights Ivan “Hopey” Price (1-0) vs Swedi Mohamed (12-6-2)
  • super middleweights Diego Pacheco (7-0) vs Selemani Saidi (20-15-5)
  • lightweights Zuhayr Al Qahtani (7-0) vs Omar Dusary (7-0-1)
  • heavyweights Mahammadrasul Majidov (1-0) vs Tom Little (10-7)
  • heavyweights, 31-year-old, 6’4″ tall Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) vs 6’7 ½” tall, 39-year-old Mariusz Wach from Krakow, Poland (35-5, 19 KOs)
  • 6’6″ tall Filip Hrgovic (9-0, 7 KOs) from Croatia versus 6’4″ tall Eric Molina (27-5, 19 KOs) for the WBC International Heavyweight title
  • Alexander Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs) vs Michael Hunter (18-1, 12 KOs)

Now that all the hype is over and done, we discover the much, much heavier Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) weighed in at 283.7 lbs. for Saturday’s fight in Saudi Arabia. In their first meeting back on June 1, 2019, Ruiz was in better shape and weighed 268 lbs. when facing the 30-year-old, 6’6″ tall A. J. Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) who for this fight weighed 237 lbs. (down 11 lbs. from the 248 lbs. he weighed back on June 1, 2019, when he lost his four titles (the WBA, WBO, IBF, and the IBO world heavyweight titles to Andy Ruiz Jr. by TKO at the 1.27 mark of round 7 of 12 at the Meca of boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. And so with these noticeable changes, our choice of a winner has to change.

In their first meeting, Ruiz, the eventual winner, went down in the third round, and then Joshua, the eventual loser, went down twice in the third round and again twice in the seventh round before the referee called for the stoppage. Joshua never regained his full faculties after getting clubbed on the right side of his head in round three. In this upcoming fight, we now see Joshua being more careful and staying out of Ruiz’s range. Eventually, Ruiz will tire and progressively get slower and slower to the point where he’ll need a knockout to earn the victory. Meanwhile, Joshua will keep moving about the ring and picking his spots. For those hoping to see another slugfest like in June, they’re going to be disappointed. Joshua, who has now become the hungry, error-free lion, will control the fight from the opening bell until the final bell to regain his much-cherished titles.

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