The most highly-anticipated rematch of the year is here, as Andy Ruiz Jr. puts his unified world heavyweight championship on the line against Anthony Joshua.
It all takes place at the newly-constructed Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudia Arabia, and live on DAZN, on Saturday afternoon.
While a chunk of the talk entering the fight circulated around Ruiz losing weight, the defending champion tipped the scale Friday at 283.7 pounds — 15 pounds heavier than he did on June 1, when he knocked Joshua down four times en route to being crowned the first Mexican-American heavyweight champ in boxing history.
“I was already the same weight as the last fight this morning,” Ruiz explained. “I had to wait until almost 5 p.m. to get on the scale, so I already had my breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also weighed in with my sombrero and pants on, so that’s why I came in so heavy.
“It was a psychological thing as well.”
Meanwhile, Joshua came in at a slimmer 237 pounds during the weigh-in — 10 pounds less than he was in their original clash.
For Joshua, the weight matched the goal that he set when the rematch was first met.
“I’m not going to try to slim down to the point where I look like a cruiserweight,” Joshua told DAZN back in September. “I’m going to slim down to the point where I’m good for boxing and I’m good for 12 rounds.”
Whether their weights affect the rematch’s results remain to be seen, but it’s clear that Joshua trimmed down for speed and endurance, while Ruiz wanted to retain his power.
Will Joshua exact revenge and become a two-time world heavyweight unified champion or will Ruiz generate another emphatic victory to destroy any thoughts about his June 1 win being a fluke? The winner will instantly position himself to take on the victor of the Feb. 22 bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. The undisputed crown would be at stake in such in a fight.
Sporting News is tracking live fight updates and round-by-round scoring highlights from the entire Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 card in Saudi Arabia. Follow along below.
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 live updates, round-by-round results
3:55 p.m.: The main event we’ve all been waiting for is coming up next.
3:45 p.m.: Diego Pacheco just crushed Selemani Saidi with a first-round knockout in another swing bout. Brutal.
Co-main event: Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter fight to split draw; Heavyweight
3:33 p.m.: The scores are in and they’re 115-113 for Povetkin, 115-113 for Hunter and 114-114, making this fight a split draw. Sporting News had Hunter winning it, but honestly, you can’t be mad at this verdict. Both fighters had their moments.
3:30 p.m.: After blazing out to a lightning-quick start, Hunter slowed down due to Povetkin’s power. How will judges score this one?
Round 12: Hunter with another good right hand. It’s a clean landing for that right hand, as Hunter should pour it on to give judges that extra push. But he’s winded himself now, holding onto Povetkin between outputs. Hunter slips and is back up, still looking tired. Both fighters gassed, as this one is close to ending. And there’s the final bell. (10-9 Povetkin, 115-113 Hunter)
Round 11: Hunter goes to the body to soften up Povetkin before landing a vicious right hand, wobbling the Russian. Hunter unloads that right hand again. His best round yet. (10-9 Hunter, 106-103 Hunter)
Round 10: Hunter is not utilizing his jab enough and Povetkin is using that as an opportunity to fire off with heavy artillery. (10-9 Povetkin, 96-94 Hunter)
3:45 p.m.: The winner of Ruiz-Joshua 2 will take home all this heavyweight hardware. We’re 30 minutes out from that main event starting.
Round 9: Stinging shot from Povetkin early in the ninth. One has to think that the longer the bout goes, the advantage will point to the younger Hunter. Let’s see how the rest of this round and fight plays out. Povetkin looks to be winded, even walking to the wrong corner following the round. (10-9 Povetkin, 87-84 Hunter)
Round 8: Hunter is effective when he’s moving and landing punches against Povetkin because any time he stays in the pocket, he’s leaving himself open to thumping shots. A quiet, but effective eighth round for “The Bounty.” (10-9 Hunter, 78-74 Hunter)
Round 7: Povetkin unloading on hooks, but Hunter lands a jab that snaps Povetkin’s head back followed by a stinging body shot. Povetkin comes right back, but Hunter did enough to take the round. (10-9 Hunter, 68-65 Hunter)
Round 6: “The Bounty” doing a better job of using his legs and jabbing this round, but Povetkin is still landing his power punches enough. (10-9 Hunter, 58-56 Hunter)
3:00 p.m.: Hunter is going to have to revert to boxing instead of standing in the pocket as a proving point.
Round 5: Hunter is sticking out his chin a second too long in the pocket and needs to be careful about Povetkin’s power. Povetkin rocks Hunter with a left hook that has “The Bounty” reeling back against the ropes. Moments later, Povetkin tags Hunter again. Real heavyweight power that Hunter is dealing with here. Povetkin’s best round. (10-9 Povetkin, 48-47 Hunter)
Round 4: Hunter looking extremely sharp right now, showing an excellent work rate with punches. (10-9 Hunter, 39-37 Hunter)
Round 3: Hunter making the mistake of standing in front of Povetkin too long at times and Povetkin makes him pay with some shots to put him on notice of his veteran power. (10-9 Povetkin, 29-28 Hunter)
Round 2: Hunter’s right hand is on the money early on. He just needs to be careful lunging while throwing it, as it could make him vulnerable to a counter from Povetkin. Just as that’s being said, Povetkin catches Hunter with a big shot, as the new heavyweight wisely clinches to end the round. (10-9 Hunter, 20-18 Hunter)
2:45 p.m.: Meanwhile, Ruiz and Joshua are getting taped up and ready to go backstage. Their ring walks will start in exactly an hour at 3:45 p.m. ET.
Round 1: Hunter comes out blazing, putting together a combination to rattle Povetkin. He’s on the attack, following through with an additional barrage of punches. How’s that for coming out strong on this world stage? (10-9 Hunter)
2:40 p.m.: Hunter’s lone loss entering this bout was an April 2017 unanimous decision defeat to Oleksandr Usyk. Povetkin, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist and former world champ, counts losses to Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. Povetkin is nine years Hunter’s senior.
2:30 p.m.: The co-feature is up next as Alexander Povetkin takes on Michael Hunter in yet another heavyweight clash. Povetkin stands as a huge test for Hunter who’s still getting his bearings in the heavyweight ranks. “The Bounty” is making one hell of an entrance at the moment.
Dillian Whyte gets the best of Mariusz Wach by unanimous decision
2:22 p.m.: There it is: Dillian Whyte declared the unanimous decision winner (98-93, 97-93, 97-93). Whyte says he’s been through hell the last few months. He certainly boasts an impressive ring resume. Let’s see if he can secure some marquee fights in 2020.
2:20 p.m.: Whyte poured it during the waning moments of the 10th round. He should win on the cards. Not his best performance, but good enough. Let’s see how judges have it.
2:15 p.m.: Whyte has gotten the best of Wach from the seventh round on with fluid, stinging punches as this fight hits the 10th and final round. But Whyte unnecessarily invited Wach to run up his punch count in that ninth frame.
Backstage, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez meets up with Andy Ruiz Jr., certainly offering his best to the heavyweight champ today.
2:00 p.m.: Wach and Whyte very much standing in the pocket and trading shots, with Wach getting the best of “The Body Snatcher” in the fifth round. The taller Wach really landed some thudding blows in the frame. This is not the best Whyte, as he took this bout on short notice. The longer this fight goes, it might be better for Wach.
1:55 p.m.: Whyte is letting his hands go more and more as this bout continues, putting together combinations to the body and unloading on wild shots upstairs that are just missing.
1:45 p.m.: Whyte feeling Wach out and unloads on that left hook he’s know for in this second round. Wach lands a right moments later, before Whyte puts together a nice flurry of punches. It’s early, but you get the feeling that Whyte is about to uncork something devastating and with bad intentions.
1:43 p.m.: Wach pressing Whyte moving forward. Whyte very much trying to find his rhythm and shake off any ring rust in this first round. He lands a strong right han to put Wach on notice of his power.
1:35 p.m.: The theme from “Jaws” hits the speakers, as Whyte stalks his way to the ring. Now, the song changes to AC/DC. Quite the contrast from “The Body Snatcher,” who will look to make it 2-for-2 in 2019, as he’s been clamoring for a crack at WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder.
1:30 p.m.: A freshly-vindicated Dillian Whyte fights next, looking for maximum violence against Mariusz Wach. Meanwhile Eddie Hearn just told DAZN’s Chris Mannix that Joshua will never be more ready than he is today and that he was told that the rain will not be a factor as the day progresses.
1:25 p.m.: Anthony Joshua is in the house at the majestic Diriyah Arena, where he’ll look to become a two-time world champ.
1:15 p.m.: Hopey Price just landed some thudding shots to earn a third-round stoppage. Meanwhile, the DAZN announce team just said that Anthony Joshua is running late to the arena, as his driver got diverted.
1:10 p.m.: Andy Ruiz Jr. just entered Diriyah Arena, looking relaxed and oozing confidence as the unified world heavyweight champion should.
1:00 p.m.: The rain continues pouring down, as a noticeable chill surrounds the ring. Something to note: Anthony Joshua has fought in the rain before. We’ll see if the weather affects this main event later today, as the undercard continues now. A swing bout up next here, as Hopey Price takes on Swedi Mohamed in four rounds of bantamweight action.
12:50 p.m.: A right hand bangs Molina in the back of the head and he’s down here in the third round too. Molina is badly hurt. He gets up between nine and 10, but this one is over, as Hrgovic improves to 10-0 by KO. Hrgovic caught Molina right in the back of the head, but it wasn’t ruled an illegal punch because Molina kept dipping his head and Hrgovic chopping punching momentum led his blows there.
Molina was a heavyweight that fought both Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, so that’s a good win for Hrgovic.
12:46 p.m.: Hrgovic drops Molina in the second round as well, but the ref rules it a rabbit punch. Moments later, Hrgovic puts Molina down with a crunching body shot. Molina takes the count and survives that round. He spit his mouthpiece out to buy a little extra time. Smart veteran move, but one has to think that Molina won’t survive much longer.
12:45 p.m.: Hrgovic dropped Molina with a strong left hook in the first round, but the ref didn’t rule it as a knockdown. He definitely missed that, as Molina’s knees buckled.
12:30 p.m.: Majidov sure made quick work of Little. Filip Hrgovic vs. Eric Molina will be next.
12:20 p.m.: Majidov rocking Little against the ropes and the ref has seen enough, stopping him from taking further punishment. That was definitely the right call.
12:17 p.m.: Majidov didn’t waste time unloading on Little during round 1. Let’s see if he can make this a quick out. And just as that’s said, Majidov drops Little with a choppy right hand. He sent Little down hard.
12:10 p.m.: Three-time amateur world champion Magomedrasul Majidov just made his entrance. He’ll kick off this card against Tom Little in the first of five heavyweight fights.
12 p.m.: The story here early on is unfortunately about the inclement weather and how it could affect the card. We’ll be monitoring closely. Keep it right here for all the updates and live results.
What time does Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 start?
- Start time: Noon ET
- Ruiz-Joshua 2 main event : 3:45 p.m. ET
Because of the eight-hour time difference between Saudi Arabia and the United States, the Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua 2 fight will not be the late-night affair most boxing fans are accustomed to. The broadcast for Ruiz vs. Joshua starts at noon ET. Each fight on the undercard will run consecutively leading into the co-main event between Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter. Ruiz and Joshua are expected to make their ring walks at 3:45 p.m. ET, with the first bell scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.
Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 fight card results
|Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua||Heavyweight||IBF/WBA/WBO|
|Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter fight to split draw||Heavyweight|
|Dillian Whyte def. Mariusz Wach via unanimous decision||Heavyweight|
|Filip Hrgovic def. Eric Molina by third-round KO||Heavyweight|
|Magomedrasul Majidov def. Tom Little via second-round TKO||Heavyweight|
Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 latest news
— Andy Ruiz Jr. explains why he hit the scales 15 pounds heavier than his first fight against Anthony Joshua.
— Everything you need to know about how to watch Ruiz-Joshua 2 on DAZN.
— Dillian Whyte believes Joshua would beat Ruiz nine out of 10 times, as he counts on the former champ to snatch back his hardware.
— A look back at some of the more notable world locations heavyweight title fights have taken place.
— Here’s why Joshua is already counting on a trilogy fight with Ruiz.