Ruiz vs Joshua Fight 2 (rematch) in Saudi Arabia tonight is dividing opinion across the boxing world. After the Mexican-American sensationally dethroned Britain’s unified world champion in New York City on June 1, all eyes have been focused on their December 7 return bout in Diriyah.
Ruiz vs Joshua
12 rounds, heavyweight world title (rematch)
Place: Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Time: 3:45 pm ET
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Wilder said: “I really believe Andy’s gonna go in there and do it again.
“When I look at the first fight and I see certain things as a fighter, a lot of red flags that alert me. And if that same mindset and momentum goes into the second fight, Andy Ruiz is going to win that easily.
“I’d prefer him to win because we’re in the same stable. When he wins we have the opportunity to unify the division. If Joshua wins, I don’t think that’s gonna be.
“He got knocked down four times, and then he quit. That is huge for me. On the outside looking in, to see how that fight occurred and everything that was going on, I think he’s going to be fighting his demons inside of that ring, not just Ruiz.
Whyte, who will be on the undercard, said: “I think it’s a great fight just like the first one was.
“Everyone was overlooking Andy Ruiz in the first fight, even I thought Joshua was gonna knock Ruiz out in six rounds…
“The great thing is he has a chance to put everything that was wrong right.
“He’s British, he’s my competitor and he’s my rival, I’m gonna back him. Hopefully he wins and I want him to win.
“It’s good for British boxing, he’s done a lot for British boxing, he’s unified the division and all that.
“He’s a young man just like me, he’s doing well and he’s doing his thing. Hopefully he does win.
“I don’t know [what will happen in the rematch] because anything is possible.
“They’re both great human beings, I like both of them personally, but this is a fight and I just hope the best man wins.
“It doesn’t matter about your style, your technique, or size, it’s the morality in the fight.
“You can have this [good] technique but if you’ve got no zest, no morality, no guts, you’re nothing. Your style means nothing. It’s all about morality, the desire and the will.”