Ruiz says pressure all on Joshua ahead of Saudi rematch

Anthony Joshua will be paid a mammoth $85million (£66m) for his world heavyweight title rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr here on Saturday.

Late replacement Ruiz shocked the world when he flattened Joshua four times in a seventh-round TKO victory that saw him capture the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles.

The Brit's huge earnings will not be the biggest in boxing history, with Floyd Mayweather holding that record for his £250million fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported Andy Ruiz has vowed to end Anthony Joshua's boxing career by handing him a second defeat during their rematch bout in Saudi Arabia.

The former champion is expected to come in much lighter than the 17st 9lbs he weighed-in before the first fight at Madison Square Garden. As for advice, Mike Tyson said Ruiz has to do what he did the last time.

"I know exactly what it's like when you have a lot of muscle, you want to stand there and trade but I don't think that's his style".

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"This is all I've got so when I do unbelievable things I keep my head on my shoulders, and my feet on the ground".

Joshua is now looking for the rematch against Andy Ruiz so as to redeem himself even though his opponent is confident that he would win again. "I know I'm capable of doing it but it's about doing it in those 36 minutes". It might be a little harder than the first time.

'If they're going to be investing this kind of money in the sport, we've got to be realists and say this is what's going to happen.

Ruiz Jr has suffered only one defeat in 34 fights, losing a majority decision to Joseph Parker in 2016. "If he loses this fight?"

Ruiz Jr shocked the boxing world with his win but Joshua exercised his contractual right to a rematch nearly immediately and just weeks later, the sequel was confirmed to take place in Diriyah, a small town on the outskirts of Saudi's capital Riyadh.

  • Lawrence Cooper