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Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch set for Dec. 7 in Saudi Arabia

In this June 1, 2019 photo, Andy Ruiz Jr., left, punches British boxer Anthony Joshua during the fourth round of a heavyweight championship boxing match in New York. Ruiz stopped Joshua in the seventh round. (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)
In this June 1, 2019 photo, Andy Ruiz Jr., left, punches British boxer Anthony Joshua during the fourth round of a heavyweight championship boxing match in New York. Ruiz stopped Joshua in the seventh round. (Frank Franklin II / Associated Press)
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LONDON – Anthony Joshua’s promoters say his world heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. will take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on Dec. 7.

The British fighter will be trying to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO belts he lost to Ruiz at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1.

Ruiz, an American, had insisted that the rematch take place back in the U.S. or at a neutral venue. Diriyah is a town on the outskirts of Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital.

Their rematch will be the highest-profile boxing event to be held in the country after welterweight Amir Khan’s win over Australia’s Billy Dib in Jeddah on July 12.

Saudi Arabia also hosted the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight final between British fighters Callum Smith and George Groves last year.

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