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Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: GETTY)

Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz 2 LIVE

  • Anthony Joshua looking to win back WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO world heavyweight titles
  • Andy Ruiz Jr shocked world with 7th-round TKO win back in June
  • Joshua weighed in at 237lbs while Ruiz hit scales at 283lbs
  • Dillian Whyte, Alexander Povetkin, Michael Hunter and Filip Hrgovic on undercard

Round 5: Probably Wach’s best round up until now, but only because he’s managed to deflect a couple of big shots. Whyte still looking to impose himself, you sense he’s looking for that patented left hook which took Derek Chisora out. 

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: MATCHROOM)

Round 4: Another round for Whyte. Remember he hasn’t been in a ring for a fight since July 20 when he outpointed Oscar Rivas. Whyte doing a decent job here in Riyadh, though. 

Round 3: Wach trying to evade some big bombs in there now. Both fighters not in the greatest condition but Whyte definitely on top here. He’ll be looking for a stoppage sooner rather than later. 

Round 2: Whyte doing more of the same but with more intent, some powerful shots to finish the round. Wach looking a bit sorry for himself in there. Hopefully this catches light soon. 

Round 1: Whyte just jabbing his way into the fight. Few ramrods to the body to kick things off. Wach not offering up much back. Good start for Whyte, who would love a win here. 

Dillian Whyte vs Mariusz Wach 

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: GETTY)

Well, up next is Dillian Whyte

Whyte hasn’t been in action since July when he beat Oscar Rivas via unanimous decision.

Whyte has also had to put up with troubles with UK-Anti Doping, who yesterday cleared him of any alleged doping in the lead-up to his fight with Rivas.

Whyte came in at a career-heaviest 271lbs for his clash with Mariusz Wach tonight.

Let’s see what the Bodysnatcher can produce in Diriyah.

Here he comes! Anthony Joshua is in the house!

Still raining!

Still raining in Riyadh! There were rumours that the fight could be postponed if the rain wouldn’t let up but Eddie Hearn has dispelled those rumours. 

Kevin Iole, of Yahoo Sports, first reported the news but later apologised for the incorrect information. But plenty of fans with ponchos on. 

Ruiz Jr had an umbrella held over his head as he walked into Diriyah Arena, while Joshua had the same treatment. 

Thunder and lightning has been forecast, but it’s just rain at the moment. We’ll keep you all updated on any changes to the card tonight. 

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: GETTY)

The champ is here! Andy Ruiz Jr has arrived!

“Very, very premature stoppage,” says Sky Sports’ Matt Macklin. I’d have to agree with that. 

Round 3: PRICE BEATS MOHAMED – Mohamed comes out swinging but it’s all over! Not sure he was really hurt there but Price gets the stoppage he was after. 

Round 2: More of the same from Price in the second round. Nice and comfortable in there, cruising to victory so far. Mohamed has nothing to offer. 

Round 1: The size differnce is massive here as Price knocks Swedi Mohamed’s gumshield out. Price in his second professional bout here. 

Some float action now – Dave Coldwell-trained Hopey Price takes to the ring

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: MATCHROOM)

Dillian Whyte nearly ready!

Good stoppage again. Fully deserved win for Hrgovic, who didn’t stop from the very first bell. 

Round 3: HRGOVIC BEATS MOLINA – And it’s over! Another onslaught from Hrgovic, Molina goes down and the referee waves off the bout. 

Round 2: Molina being bullied around the ring again here. Hrgovic so aggressive and full of intent. Molina goes down again but troubles Hrgovic with a right hand of his own when he gets up! The Mexican takes a knee again, however, and that’s the end of the round. 

Round 1: Frantic first round! Molina goes down in the final moments of the round after an onslaught from Hrgovic but the referee doesn’t score a knockdown. Some back-of-the-head shots from the Croat. 

Filip Hrgovic vs Eric Molina

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: SKY SPORTS)

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: GETTY)

Hrgovic-Molina preview 

We’ve seen Molina on our screens against big heavyweights before.

He lost to Deontay Wilder a few years back in the ninth round of their contest before Anthony Joshua stopped him in the third round in 2016.

Hrgovic, a promising Croatian heavyweight, is a handful for anybody in the division – including Wilder and Joshua.

Let’s see what he can do to Molina here in Riyadh.

El Animal Hrgovic nearly ready… 

Up next – Filip Hrgovic vs Eric Molina…

That was a good stoppage from Victor Loughlan. Little had no more to give and Majidov would’ve done some serious damage otherwise. 

Round 2: MAJIDOV BEATS LITTLE – It’s all over! Majidov lands a right hand and floors Little but he gets up, takes more punishment and the referee stops it! 

Round 1: Tentative first round from both. Majidov with the better action, pressing forward but Little has been solid and thrown a few big punches himself. 

Tom Little vs. Mahammadrasul Majidov

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: SKY SPORTS)

Dillian Whyte has arrived! 

Weights

Much was made of both fighters’ weights coming into the fight. A lot of fans wanted Joshua to come in lighter than he did back in June and that’s exactly what he decided to do.

Joshua weigh in at 16st 13lbs (237.8lbs), his lights weight since a win over Denis Bakhtov back in 2014, when Joshua was a mere novice as a professional.

So while Joshua weigh in 10lbs lighter than he did in June, Ruiz weighed in at an enormous 283lbs, his heaviest weight since his second fight as a pro.

How will those factors play their part tonight?

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: GETTY)

Little bit of UFC sprinkled into tonight’s action – middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in attendance 

Some more predictions..

BOB ARUM: ”I like Ruiz to win again. He is really an under-rated guy. His low centre of gravity works well against a big heavyweight and his hand speed is phenomenal. His style plays to Joshua’s weaknesses.”

CALLUM SMITH: ”I am leaning at the moment to Ruiz by knockout. I just think Joshua has lost weight. I feel he may have lost muscle and that can be detrimental.”

HASIM RAHMAN: ”I am leaning at the moment to Ruiz by knockout. I just think Joshua has lost weight. I feel he may have lost muscle and that can be detrimental.”

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: GETTY)

Tom Little getting ready for action! He takes on Mahammadrasul Majidov in just an hour’s time. 

Zuhayr Al-Qahtani picks up a nice win in his home country…

Prediction time…

CARL FROCH: “I’m worried for Joshua. Ruiz Jr is super confident, he punches hard, he’s got really fast hands, and I think he’s going to back AJ up. Joshua is slimmer now and lighter, but I’m not sure that is going to help him. I just see the same fight happening. I think Ruiz Jr is going to get to him eventually, hurt him with a shot, and finish him.”

GEORGE GROVES: “Joshua should win. I’m going to go for a Joshua win, because it’s his to lose. Joshua got his tactics completely wrong in the first fight, let Ruiz Jr do what he does well. Ruiz Jr has got good hand speed. He got dropped and then he threw caution to the wind and let his hands go, and that was enough for him.”

JOHNNY NELSON: “I won’t sit on the fence, I’ve said 1,000 per cent, Anthony Joshua wins, and I think he does it on points. If he stops him, it’s a bonus. This time, he’s fully prepared for the fighter who’s in front of him.”

MATT MACKLIN: “If Joshua gets under pressure and starts getting caught, how will he react? There’s so many variables and questions that we don’t know the answers to, which makes it hard to predict. History says immediate rematches don’t go well and I’ve just got a gut feeling it’s going to be a repeat win for Ruiz Jr.”

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: GETTY)

Look who’s here! Heavyweights out in full force tonight. 

Raining in the desert… who’d have thought? 

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: REUTERS)

Seems confident to me… 

Fun fact

Tonight’s a bit of a heavyweight showdown as you can see from the undercard.

Anthony Joshua has fought and beaten three of the fighters on the bill, but he’s also lost to three fighters on the card as well – amateur and professional.

Joshua came up against Whyte and Majidov in the amateurs – losing both, before going on to taste defeat against Ruiz as a pro six months ago.

AJ, however, has also beaten Whyte in the pro ranks, while he also holds wins over Povetkin and Molina.

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: GETTY)

Ring walks, TV info

Joshua is expected to hit the ring as the challenger at around 8.45pm (UK time), with Ruiz to follow him soon after.

The bout is likely to get underway just after 9pm (UK time).

To watch the bout, you can order it on Sky Sports Box Office for £24.95 on your TV.

You can also purchase the event on the Sky Sports Box Office app, which can be viewed from a laptop, tablet or movie device.

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Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: GETTY)

The stage is set…

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch (Image: GETTY)

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 UNDERCARD 

Alexander Povetkin vs. Michael Hunter – Expect some hard-hitting action in this one, an eliminator for the WBA heavyweight world title. 

Dillian Whyte vs. Mariusz Wach – Both weighed in at over 270lbs for this clash – so be ready for some slow periods and an eventual knockout. 

Filip Hrgovic vs. Eric Molina – Hrgovic will want to prove he belongs with the elite and Molina will provide him with the competition to do so. 

Tom Little vs. Mahammadrasul Majidov – Amateur champion Majidov takes on cult hero Tom Little, who has been sparring with AJ in recent months. 

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Hi there!

So. Here we are… six months after one of the most shocking nights in boxing’s long history. Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz – the rematch. Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, for the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles. Repeat or Redemption? 

Welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of what will be an absolute cracker of a heavyweight clash later on this evening. Nerves will be jangling for what is the biggest test of Joshua’s career. 

AJ was stunned into a seventh-round TKO loss at Madison Square Garden in June and since then he’s had to deal with naysayers, detractors and even body language experts.

How’s he doing mentally? Physically he looks good. Can AJ hush the haters by winning back the titles that not all fans are predicting him to do? 

Sit back, (try) and relax, it’s going to be a nail-biter from start to finish – we’ll every update right here on Express Sport. 

Joshua vs Ruiz 2 LIVE: Updates as Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in world title rematch

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