Can Andy Ruiz Jr. prove he isn't the next James "Buster" Douglas?
Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) gets the chance to show the boxing world his monumental upset wasn't a fluke in a rematch against Anthony Joshua for the IBF, WBA (super) and WBO heavyweight belts Ruiz claimed in their first fight. The sequel is set for Saturday, Dec. 7 from the Diriyah Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, live and exclusively on DAZN.
Ruiz entered their first fight June 1 as a 9-1 underdog. Except for those closest to him, no one gave Ruiz a prayer against Joshua, who had been regarded as the best heavyweight in the world. Then everything changed for the 30-year-old career challenger.
Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) appeared to have things well in control in the third round when he sent Ruiz to the canvas with a thudding left hook. Instead of wilting like those before him, Ruiz smiled, dusted himself off, and dropped Joshua with a left hand of his own. Near the end of the round, Ruiz sent Joshua to mat one time with a straight right hand.
Then in the fateful seventh round, Ruiz delivered the final blows and made history, knocking Joshua down two more times. After the final knockdown, referee Michael Griffin asked Joshua if he could continue. Joshua said he could but couldn't convince Griffin that he was serious and waved the bout off, and Ruiz became the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent.
When the dust settled, Joshua didn't waste much time to invoke the rematch clause in the contract. It was just a matter of securing a location for the biggest fight of 2019. Suitors from all over the world looked to host with Cardiff, Wales in Joshua's native England being the front runner. But at the last second, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia swooped in and secured the bout.
Here's a complete guide to Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2, which is again available exclusively for streaming on DAZN rather than traditional pay-per-view, along with updated betting odds, PPV price, who's on the undercard and more.
What time is Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2?
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
Start time: Noon ET
Main event: 4 p.m. ET (approximate)
Live stream: Only on DAZN
The rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua will take place in the afternoon on Dec. 7 from Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The broadcast starts at noon ET on DAZN, culminating in the main event between Ruiz and Joshua. Expect the two heavyweights to make their ring walks around 3:45 p.m. ET, 12:45 p.m. PT.
It is the last of four major DAZN fights of the fall season, which included wins for GGG and Canelo Alvarez and the Logan Paul vs. KSI rematch.
Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 live stream: How to watch the fight
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 is not available on pay-per-view. Instead, fans in North America can sign up to watch the fight online with DAZN, a subscription-based sports streaming service. The first fight between Ruiz and Joshua was also exclusively broadcast on DAZN.
DAZN is available 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.
Comcast customers can sign up for DAZN on Xfinity Flex.
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How much does the Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 fight cost?
1 month DAZN subscription: $19.99
1 year DAZN subscription: $99.99
You can purchase a DAZN subscription to watch Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 on two different plans. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — costs $99.99 in the U.S., averaging out to a little over $8 a month. Then you have the monthly-plan for $19.99. (In Canada, the monthly plan is $20 CAD, and the annual plan is $150 CAD.)
If you are already a current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.
Where is the Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 fight?
The sequel between Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua takes place at the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, a suburb of the capital city Riyadh. Both guys are fighting in the Middle East for the first time. A custom-built venue will host what is expected to be a capacity crowd of 16,000 people.
Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 odds
After Anthony Joshua opened as a -304 betting favorite over Andy Ruiz Jr., he is now down to -205, which means you'd need to bet $205 to win $100. Meanwhile, Ruiz is a +175 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $175.
Andy Ruiz Jr. record and bio
Name: Andy Ruiz Jr.
Born: Sept. 11, 1989
Reach: 74 inches
Total fights: 34
Record: 33-1 with 22 knockouts
Anthony Joshua record and bio
Name: Anthony Joshua
Born: Oct. 15, 1989
Reach: 82 inches
Total fights: 23
Record: 22-1 with 21 knockouts
Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 undercard
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua
Alexander Povetkin vs. Michael Hunter
Dillian Whyte vs. Mariusz Wach
Filip Hrgovic vs. Eric Molina
Magomedrasul Majidov vs. Tom Little