RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 06: Andy Ruiz Jr (L) and Anthony Joshua (R) face off ahead of the … [+]
WBO, WBA and IBF Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz will rematch Anthony Joshua tonight in Saudi Arabia. I’ll be live blogging the fight covering and scoring each round as it happens. The undercard is complete with a variety of interesting results. Be sure to check those out below as well.
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Expected Start Time: 4:30 pm ET
- Dillian Whyte def. Mariusz Wach (UD)
- Filip Hrgovic def. Eric Molina (KO3)
- Michael Hunter vs. Alexander Povetkin (Draw)
- Diego Pacheco def. Selemani Saidi (KO1)
Ruiz Claims He Had Massive Weight Gain on Weigh-In Day
According to a pre-fight interview with DAZN’s Chris Mannix, Ruiz said he weighed in at 268 for his own personal weigh-in on Friday, but he gained 15 pounds ahead of the official particulars later that day. OK, Andy.
The Walkouts Have Begun!!!
“Sweet Caroline” begins blaring over the sound system in the stadium ahead of Joshua making his walk. The response is not as spirited as it is when the iconic song is played ahead of a major bout in the United Kingdom. Still, it’s nice to see such a great boxing tradition going all over the globe.
“Anthony Joshua” chants have begun and Michael Buffer has the Brit’s fans prepped.
Joshua has emerged from the back, walking in as the challenger, by himself with no team or entourage. He looks serious, focused, unmanicured and seemingly ready for the challenge.
Ruiz follows him with a more glitzy version of his signature furry hoodie. The champion is luminous with gold trunks and top. He walks to the ring amid some beautiful special effects and an ode to his Mexican heritage playing on the sound system.
The big fight feel is in place.
The national anthems for the United States and the United Kingdom go over through the loud speaker as a symphony without any performers. The Mexican national anthem was sung live.
This will likely get the action going quicker, but it’s a departure from what we’re used to seeing in big fights.