Andy Ruiz Jr demands more pay before agreeing to Anthony Joshua rematch

Andy Ruiz Jr demands more pay before agreeing to Anthony Joshua rematch

Andy Ruiz Jr demands more pay before agreeing to Anthony Joshua rematch

Hang on. The supposed confirmed rematch between Unified Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz and former Champion, Anthony Joshua, slated for Saudi Arabia December 7th isn't a done deal, yet.

"In the build-up to AJ's shock defeat back in June, the 6'6" fighter weighed in at a whopping 247.8 pounds.

According to a report from Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, Ruiz not expected to sign off on the rematch unless he's guaranteed a significantly higher purse than the approximately $9 million he's been guaranteed to fight Joshua again.

Coppinger tweeted that Ruiz, who stunned Joshua June 1st with a 7th round TKO at Madison Square Garden to capture the WBA, IBF and WBO Heavyweight Titles, wants a much bigger guarantee to go all the way to the Middle East for the rematch.

Cardiff's Principality Stadium on December 14 remains the favourite host and date for the much-anticipated rerun but Joshua is willing to go overseas again.

He dropped the Brit four times, before the referee called off the bout.

ESPN's Boxing insider, Dan Rafael, reported Friday afternoon, that the fight will be held just outside of Riyadh in the city if Diriyah, where there will be a special outdoor stadium constructed for the bout. It had been initially expected that the rematch would take place in the United Kingdom.

"Despite some long-overdue reforms on women's rights, Saudi Arabia is now in the grip of a sweeping human rights crackdown - with women's rights activists, lawyers and members of the Shia minority community all being targeted".

In February this year, the Saudis hosted a first European Tour golf event which was won by former world number one Dustin Johnson; while the world's most grueling motor sports race, the Dakar Rally, will be raced in the Kingdom in 2020.

Khan said he did not regret agreeing to the trip, despite Amnesty describing the Saudi Arabian human rights record as "abysmal". "Women were out driving", Khan said.

The neutral venue in Saudi Arabia seemed to suit both parties but things are far from agreed it now seems.

"Maybe now they are changing to make it that new place where people can enjoy themselves and it's fair for women".

"And I think I fought the best Ruiz in the ring that night".

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