Joshua fight time in UK: When is the Ruiz 2 bout?

George Flood
Evening Standard
AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images

The eyes of the boxing and wider sporting world will be fixed upon Diriyah, Saudi Arabia this weekend as Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua lock horns in an eagerly-awaited world heavyweight title rematch.

For Joshua, Saturday's 'Clash On The Dunes' event at the 15,000-capacity, purpose-built Diriyah Arena represents the chance to avenge his shock seventh-round stoppage defeat - in which he was knocked down four times - to the Mexican-American suffered in June.

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One of the biggest upsets in recent memory was the first professional loss of the previously dominant 'AJ's' 23-fight professional career and also occurred on his US debut at Madison Square Garden.

Another loss in Saudi Arabia feels unthinkable for 'AJ', who will desperately attempt to regain the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO belts he lost on that fateful summer night and return to both boxing's pinnacle and that money-spinning heavyweight collision course with the likes of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

What time does the fight start in the UK?

Boxing fans who may have otherwise been bracing themselves for another incredibly early (or late, depending on how you look at it) start will be pleasantly surprised.

With Arabia Standard Time (AST) only three hours ahead of the UK, the contest will not require an alarm call in the dead of night.

Instead, Sky Sports, who are showing the fight live via Sky Sports Box Office, say that ring-walks will take place in Diriyah at around 8:30pm GMT.

As usual with fights of this magnitude, there will be no shortage of pomp, circumstance and tension-building, so you wouldn't expect the bout to commence much before 9pm.

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