Three world lightweight titles will be on the line when Ukrainian Vasiliy Lomachenko takes on Britain’s Luke Campbell in a pound-for-pound fight at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday.
As the current WBA Super, WBC and WBO world champion, Lomachenko is the clear favourite, but at their final press conference he acknowledged the threat posed by Campbell and admitted this could be his toughest fight yet.
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A press conference was held in London on Monday to officially announce the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.
Eddie Hearn and Omar Khalil spoke to the media at the Savoy Hotel, detailing the bout scheduled for December 7 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Joshua will be trying to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO belts he lost to Ruiz at New York’s Madison Square Garden on 1 June.
Ruiz, an American, had insisted that the rematch take place back in the United States or at a neutral venue. Diriyah is a town on the outskirts of Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital.
The bout is part of a wider strategy by the Saudi authorities to portray the country as a modern, tourist-friendly destination, and several boxing events have taken place there over the past year.
Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr will take place in Saudi Arabia on December 7, his promoters Matchroom have announced.
Joshua will be bidding to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles which Ruiz ripped from him in a stunning four-knockdown upset at Madison Square Garden in June.
The rematch will be the latest high-profile boxing event to be held in the country after Amir Khan’s victory over Australian Billy Dib in July.
The Kingdom also hosted the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final between British pair Callum Smith and George Groves last year.
Joshua’s bout with Ruiz Jr will take place in Diriyah, a town on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh, which incorporates the UNESCO World Heritage site of Al-Turaif.
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium was among the venues proposed for the rematch but Ruiz Jr had insisted the bout must take place either back in the United States or on neutral territory.
Joshua was left stunned by Ruiz Jr, who stepped in to fight him at five-and-a-half weeks’ notice after his initial opponent, Jarrell Miller, failed a drugs test.
After being knocked down four times he was stopped in the seventh round on his US debut, marking one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history.
Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn immediately activated their rematch clause and targeted a bout in the UK but Ruiz Jr responded: “That is not going to happen.”
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