Andy Ruiz Jr. didn’t look anything like a major underdog when he dropped Anthony Joshua four times to win by seventh-round TKO and become the new unified world heavyweight champion back in June.
More than six months later, Ruiz will defend the IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Joshua, looking to prove that his victory wasn’t even remotely close to a fluke. Meanwhile, Joshua will be aiming to snatch back his crown and resurrect himself as arguably the top heavyweight in the sweet science. The highly anticipated title unification rematch takes place Dec. 7 at the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, and live on DAZN.
Fitness has been an early headline entering this bout, as both Ruiz and Joshua have noticeably slimmed down in attempt to deliver a faster pace and be better conditioned for later rounds if they come into play.
“I’m not going to try to slim down to the point where I look like a cruiserweight,” Joshua told DAZN back in September. “I’m going to slim down to the point where I’m good for boxing and I’m good for 12 rounds.”
Ruiz told DAZN that he’ll be aiming to hit the ring Dec. 7 lighter with the targeted weight of 255 to 257 pounds. In the time that has passed since, photos of Ruiz have shown a slimmer heavyweight champ from the Snickers-chomping fighter that took Joshua’s straps, when he weighed in at 268 pounds.
Will Ruiz defend the titles and show that he has his British rival’s number, or will Joshua produce a career-defining performance and become a two-time world unified heavyweight champ?
Here’s a complete guide to the Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 fight, with updated betting odds, undercard information and more.
When is Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2?
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
- Time: 11 a.m. ET
- Main event: 4 p.m.ET (approximate)
Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 live stream: How to watch
The Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 fight isn’t available via traditional pay-per-view or a linear TV channel. Fans in North America can instead sign up to watch the fight online with DAZN, the global sports live-streaming service.
DAZN can be streamed on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.
How much does the Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 fight cost?
- 1 month DAZN subscription: $19.99
- 1 year DAZN subscription: $99.99
New subscribers to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the most highly anticipated rematch of the year. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, behind-the-scenes features and original shows — is $99.99 in the U.S. That averages out to a little over $8 a month. Those who prefer a monthly plan can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99. (In Canada, the monthly plan is $20 CAD, and the annual plan is $150 CAD.)
For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.
A subscription also includes access to archived Joshua fights, including the original clash with Ruiz, his fight against Alexander Povetkin in 2018, the April 2017 thriller against Wladimir Klitschko and more.
Where is the Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 fight?
The Ruiz vs. Joshua rematch will take place live from the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, in a bout dubbed the “Clash on the Dunes.” Their June 1 clash was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
This marks the first time fighting in Saudi Arabia for both boxers. Although there have been other boxing events in Saudi Arabia, Ruiz-Joshua 2 is by far the biggest match to take place there.