NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2019 – Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz, Jr. and Anthony Joshua OBE concluded their three-continent press tour today in London, following stops in the fight’s host city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, and New York on Thursday. The rematch between Ruiz and Joshua will stream exclusively on DAZN in the United States on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) shocked the sports world in June when he toppled then-undefeated heavyweight world champion Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) at Madison Square Garden, spoiling the former titlist’s U.S. debut. Following the biggest heavyweight upset in decades, Joshua triggered an immediate rematch and the two now prepare to meet at a neutral site for this historic fight, which has been dubbed the “Clash on the Dunes.”
Joshua, 29, was scheduled to face Jarrell Miller on June 1 in his U.S. debut, but when Miller failed multiple drug tests ahead of the bout, Ruiz, 29, was brought in as a replacement one month before the fight. Despite handicappers pegging Ruiz as a double-digit underdog, he scored boxing’s most consequential upset in years, which catapulted him as an overnight celebrity. As the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent, he will look to defend his titles against Joshua and prove that his victory was not a fluke, while Joshua looks to regain his status as the heavyweight division’s kingpin.
QUOTES FROM THURSDAY’S NEW YORK CITY PRESS CONFERENCE
Andy Ruiz Jr.
“I know AJ, I know he wants his belts back, I know he does, I know how it feels to lose. I lost against Joseph Parker, when I thought I won the fight. And he could bounce back. But my job is for him not to win. For him not to get these belts back.
“I’ve been through so many roller coasters in my life, so many doubters in my life telling me I wasn’t gonna do nothing just because of my appearance, the way I look. But at least I think I’m proof – where people can say man, if he did it, I can do it. And they could. Long as you train hard, you dedicate yourself, and you believe what you want to do.
“What I believe on December 7 is that the same results are gonna happen. I’m gonna train my ass off, God’s on my side, and we’re gonna win.”
“There’s times I’ve faced defeat, as an amateur in my third fight. And imagine I would have stopped then? There’d be no now. I lost in the European Quarter Finals. Imagine I would have stopped then? There’d be no now. I lost in the World Championship Finals. Imagine I would have stopped then? There’d be no now. I feel like stopping isn’t in my DNA.
“As long as I have breath in me, I’ll keep on fighting for the passion of boxing, more so to carry the sport, as an ambassador of the sport, and for an ambassador of championship level fighting, I feel like that’s where I belong.
“I was born with a fighting spirit. I know how to fight. And the blessing is that people reflect it as you lost the titles, you lost your titles. And I always say that to lose something is to never get it back. But I believe, and I’m certain, that I am going to have a second chance on December 7.
“We didn’t have no warm-up fight, I’m not gun shy. I’m looking forward to getting back in there December 7 and reclaiming my belts.”
Joseph Markowski, EVP DAZN, North America
“After a lot of chatter and bluster over the summer, two things are very clear to me right now: Ruiz-Joshua II is the most-anticipated fight of the year and we’re building towards the best year-end schedule that the sport has seen in some time. It will be a full season of premium-quality matchups. Fight season on DAZN.
“We launched in the U.S. last September and in the course of one year, we have reshaped the boxing landscape by focusing on our mission statement – to bring the best schedule of fights to fans at an affordable price point.
“The DAZN year-end calendar has it all: Bright young stars like Devin Haney, Jaime Munguia and Ryan Garcia; Champion vs. champion unification matchups like Prograis vs. Taylor and Inoue vs. Donaire; and the world’s biggest fighters in championship bouts. Gennady Golovkin is back in title contention. And of course, Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz.”
Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport
“Well, what have we got here? The biggest fight of the year. The rematch: Andy Ruiz against Anthony Joshua, for the unified world heavyweight title. Who would have thought it, who would have seen it? Saudi Arabia, December 7th, live and exclusive on DAZN across America, live and exclusive on SkySport Box Office in the UK, and of course with all our broadcasters all over the world.
“On December 7, you will witness an event that you will never forget. Major heavyweight fights in the past where the venues have took people by surprise, the ‘Rumble in the Jungle,’ the ‘Thrilla of Manila,’ trust me when I say that this event is of the same guild.
“On June 1, we brought a sold out Madison Square Garden to their feet with these two warriors. One of the best fights of the year, one of the great upsets of heavyweight boxing. Perhaps this man [points to Ruiz] didn’t believe it was an upset. But now the whole world is watching for the rematch. And it will be truly epic.”
Since its launch in the U.S. one year ago, DAZN has quickly reshaped the boxing landscape by putting together the best schedule in the sport and making premium fights more affordable for fans. The 2019 “Fight Season” on DAZN is quickly coming together, featuring some of the biggest names and matchups in the sweet science, including:
- Sept. 13 – Devin Haney vs. Zaur Abdullaev & Amanda Serrano vs. Heather Hardy
- Sept. 14 – Jaime Munguia vs. Patrick Allotey & Ryan Garcia vs. Avery Sparrow
- Oct. 5 – Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko
- Oct. 12 – Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tyrone Spong
- Oct. 26 – Regis Prograis vs. Josh Taylor (WBSS Junior Welterweight Final)
- Nov. 7 – Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire (WBSS Bantamweight Final)
- Nov. 9 – KSI vs. Logan Paul II
- Dec. 7 – Ruiz vs. Joshua II
Download DAZN on your TV or connected device to catch all DAZN live events, including the Ruiz vs. Joshua rematch on Dec. 7. Fans can keep up with the busy “Fight Season” schedule on DAZN’s social media channels, including Twitter, Instagram,