Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua II

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Clash On The Dunes
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua II.jpeg
DateDecember 7, 2019
VenueDiriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Title(s) on the lineUnified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles
Tale of the tape
Boxer United States Andy Ruiz Jr. United Kingdom Anthony Joshua
Nickname "Destroyer" "AJ"
Hometown Imperial, California, U.S. Watford, England
Pre-fight record 33–1 (22 KOs) 22–1 (21 KOs)
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 128.7 kilograms (284 lb) 107.5 kilograms (237 lb)
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition Unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion WBA no. 4 ranked heavyweight, WBO no. 4 ranked heavyweight and IBF no. 5 ranked heavyweight
Result
Joshua wins by unanimous decision
(118–110, 118–110, 119–109)

Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua II, billed as Clash On The Dunes, was a heavyweight professional boxing rematch between the Mexican-American champion Andy Ruiz Jr. and British former champion Anthony Joshua, for the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles. The event took place on December 7, 2019 at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al-Turaif, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.[1][2]

Background[edit]

After losing by seventh-round technical knockout to Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York City in one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing,[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Joshua stated in a post-fight interview that he and his team certainly expect to exercise the rematch clause with Ruiz. Four days after the fight took place, Joshua's promoter and group managing director of Matchroom Sport Eddie Hearn announced on social media platforms that Joshua's management team triggered the contractual rematch clause with Ruiz

Saudi Arabian authorities reportedly paid £30 million ($40 million) to host the event in Saudi Arabia.[11]

International broadcasters[edit]

The fight was streamed live on both Fight Sports MAX in MENA region (Saudi Arabia as host), DAZN in the United States and seven other countries, and televised live on PPV's Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[12][13][14]

Country/Region Broadcasters
Free-to-air Cable/Pay television PPV Stream
N/A Fight Sports MAX
 United States N/A DAZN
 Austria
 Brazil
 Canada
 Germany
 Italy
 Spain
  Switzerland
 Mexico Azteca 7 N/A Azteca En Vivo
N/A ESPN [15] N/A WatchESPN
 United Kingdom N/A Sky Sports Box Office
 Ireland
 Australia[16] N/A Main Event N/A
N/A Arena Sport Orion TV (SRB only)
Max TV Go (exclude SRB)
 Croatia[17] RTL
N/A RTL Play
N/A TVPlay Sports[18] N/A TVPlay Sports+
 Belgium N/A Eleven Sports[19] N/A Eleven Sports
 Portugal
 Taiwan
 Luxembourg
RTL 7 RTL XL
 Netherlands[20] N/A
 Bulgaria[21] N/A Diema Sport N/A Diema Play Extra
 China CCTV N/A CNTV
 Czech Republic Sport1 Digi GO
 Hungary
 Slovakia
 France[22] N/A RMC Sport N/A RMC Sport
 Indonesia Mola TV[23] N/A Mola TV On Demand
 Timor-Leste
 Israel N/A Sport 1 N/A Sport 1
 Japan[24] N/A Wowow N/A Wowow
 New Zealand N/A Sky Arena N/A
N/A Viaplay[25]
 Poland[26] TVP Sport N/A TVP Stream
 Romania[27] Pro TV N/A Pro TV Plus
Voyo
 Russia[28] Channel One N/A Channel One
 South Africa OpenView N/A
 Turkey[29] N/A SSport+
 Ukraine[30] Inter N/A Inter

Fight card[edit]

Weight Class Weight vs. Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight +90 kg. United Kingdom Anthony Joshua def. United States Andy Ruiz Jr. (c) UD 12 Note 1
Heavyweight +90 kg. Russia Alexander Povetkin draw United States Michael Hunter SD 12
Heavyweight +90 kg. United Kingdom Dillian Whyte def. Poland Mariusz Wach UD 10
Heavyweight +90 kg. Croatia Filip Hrgović (c) def. United States Éric Molina KO 3 (12) 2:03 Note 2
Heavyweight +90 kg. Azerbaijan Mahammadrasul Majidov def. United Kingdom Tom Little TKO 2 (8) 1:49
Lightweight -61.2 kg. Saudi Arabia Zuhayr Al Qahtani def. United Kingdom Omar Dusary 8
Super middleweight -76.2 kg. United States Diego Pacheco def. Tanzania Selemani Saidi KO 1 (4) 1:38
Featherweight -57 kg. United Kingdom Hopey Price def. Tanzania Swedi Mohamed TKO 3 (4) 2:22
Lightweight -61.2 kg. United Arab Emirates Majid Al Naqbi def. Georgia (country) Ilia Beruashvili TKO 3 (4)

^Note 1 For Unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles [31]

^Note 2 For WBC International heavyweight title

Viewership[edit]

On Sky Sports Box Office, the fight reportedly broke the all-time UK pay-per-view (PPV) record, according to Eddie Hearn (who said he was told by Sky Sports). The previous UK pay-per-view record was held by Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko, which sold 1.53 million buys in 2017.[32] The Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB) revealed that Sky Sports Box Office generated 1.284 million buys buys in the UK.[33]

On DAZN, the fight was the most streamed event of 2019.[34] It was watched live by approximately 1.8 million DAZN subscribers across nine markets, according to The Athletic boxing journalist Mike Coppinger, who also said the fight drew 200,000 new subscribers, with most from the United States.[35] DAZN revealed that the fight was their most streamed event of 2019.[36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  21. ^ "Кралят се завърна! Джошуа отново се възкачи на световния боксов трон". Gong.bg (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2019-12-08.
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  23. ^ "Mola TV on Instagram: "Anthony Joshua alias "AJ' dianggap sebagai salah satu petinju terbaik di kelas berat. Ia pernah menjuarai empat gelar bergengsi tinju kelas…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
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  33. ^ "Weekly viewing summary (Sky Box Office Events buys between 2 December 2019 and 15 December 2019)". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
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Preceded by
vs. Anthony Joshua
Andy Ruiz Jr.'s bouts
December 7, 2019
Succeeded by
TBA
Preceded by
vs. Andy Ruiz Jr.
Anthony Joshua's bouts
December 7, 2019
Succeeded by
TBA