The time has finally come for the biggest fight of 2019 on Saturday, as Andy Ruiz Jr. meets Anthony Joshua in a rematch for Ruiz's IBF, WBA (super) and WBO heavyweight titles at Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
In June at Madison Square Garden, Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) pulled off one of the biggets upsets in recent memory. As a 15-1 underdog and taking the bout on short notice, Ruiz scored four knockdowns, including two in the seventh round to force a TKO, and he became the first-ever fighter of Mexican descent to capture heavyweight gold.
ANDY RUIZ JR. VS. ANTHONY JOSHUA 2 LIVE RESULTS, UPDATES
Round 10: Jab, jab, jab. The name of the game here for Joshua. A little bit of trash talk to Ruiz at the end of the round. (10-9 Joshua, 98-92 Joshua)
Round 9: Joshua weathered the brief storm in the eighth round and came back to pump the jab and a nice three-punch combination to keep Ruiz back. Ruiz needs to start letting it go here. The belts are slipping from his grasp. (10-9 Joshua, 88-83 Joshua)
Round 8: Ruiz with a much needed round. He let it loose and got on the inside and started to connect with the left and hand. He's frusrating Joshua with the pot shots in the clinch. Now, how does Joshua adapt? Can Ruiz continue the momentum to get back into the fight? (10-9 Ruiz, 78-74 Joshua)
Round 7: The confidence is brimming from Joshua one second after another. He's boxing and dictating everything at this point. Can Joshua stick to the plan for another five rounds? (Joshua 10-9, 69-64 Joshua)