One of the biggest fights of the decade takes place Saturday, when Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua face off in a rematch for the unified world heavyweight championship.
The first bout in June was an upset of nearly unprecedented levels, with Ruiz knocking out Joshua despite not finding out he would be in the fight until it was about a month away. The result also garnered attention because of Ruiz’s 268-pound frame, which was much less toned than Joshua, who was more than 20 pounds lighter.
Ruiz is far more of a household name today than prior to becoming world heavyweight champion. Joshua, meanwhile, will also likely come in with some strategic changes as he tries to avenge the only loss of his professional career.
Here’s a complete guide to watching Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2, which is available exclusively for streaming on DAZN rather than traditional pay-per-view, including start time, price and how to watch the Saudi Arabia fight in North American time zones.
What time does Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 start?
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 7
- Start time: Noon ET | 9 a.m. PT
- Main event: Approx. 3:45 p.m. ET | 12:45 p.m. PT
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 live stream: How to watch the fight in USA
The rematch between Ruiz and Joshua is not available to purchase through pay-per-view. Instead, it will be streamed exclusively on DAZN in the U.S. and Canada.
DAZN can be streamed on Amazon Fire, AppleTV, Google Chromecast, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Roku, iOS, Android and many smart TVs. The service can also be accessed online via DAZN.com using browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Comcast customers can sign up for DAZN on Xfinity Flex.
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Why is the Ruiz vs. Joshua fight in Saudi Arabia?
Likely the strangest thing about the Ruiz vs. Joshua rematch is the venue: a 15,000-seat outdoor stadium in Saudi Arabia custom-built for the fight.
The decision to hold the bout in Saudi Arabia was highly controversial due to the country’s continual human rights violations. Matchroom Boxing organizer Eddie Hearn defends the decision by calling attention to other sports that are coming to Saudi Arabia and, more pertinently, by saying Saudi Arabia was the venue that would maximize profits for the fighters and growth for the sport.
How much does the Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 fight cost?
- 1 month DAZN subscription: $19.99
- 1 year DAZN subscription: $99.99
A subscription to DAZN is required to watch the Ruiz vs. Joshua fight. The annual pass costs $99.99 while the monthly subscription costs $19.99. (In Canada, a subscription is $20 CAD per month or $150 CAD per year.) Along with DAZN live events, subscribers to the annual pass are given access to highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports.
For users with an existing account, the fight is included in your subscription.
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 card
|Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua||Heavyweight||IBF, WBA (super), WBO|
|Alexander Povetkin vs. Michael Hunter||Heavyweight||—|
|Dillian Whyte vs. Mariusz Wach||Heavyweight||—|
|Filip Hrgovic vs. Eric Molina||Heavyweight||—|
|Magomedrasul Majidov vs. Tom Little||Heavyweight||—|