Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2019

Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua press conference LIVE: Boxers come face to face in London | Boxing | Sport

Adam Smith: We’ve been with Aj since the beginning. He’s a great fighter and wants to be a two-time world champion. He wants to reclaim those belts but the man next to me [Ruiz] is desperate to keep hold of them. It’s a fascinating match-up.

Eddie Hearn: We will be filming the Gloves Are Off after this. Saudi Arabia has so much energy for this event. The investment into everything – even the press conference – is something we’ve never seen before.


The Rumble in The Jungle,  The Thriller in Manilla… The Clash on the Dunes?

Eddie Hearn has fought fire with fire when it comes to criticism of the venue for this fight and addressed some of those questions in his press conference in the Middle East.

“This is such a monumental occasion for our sport which is sometimes very narrow minded – there’s Las Vegas, there’s New York, there’s London – no,” he said.

“There is a whole world out there and now there is Saudi Arabia for boxing. This is such a monumental opportunity for our sport and you’re not just bringing a fight to the Kingdom, you are bringing the biggest fight in world boxing, the biggest prize in boxing – the World Heavyweight Championship.

“On December 7 in Diriyah we do it all again, for your entertainment in a purpose built, open air arena with 16,000 people. We love what you are doing here for sport and we love Formula E, we love the European Tour and I think that WWE is great, but there is nothing like the sport of boxing.

“You will witness an event that will go down in history – some people will be looking from the outside in and say this is a strange destination but they also said that with ‘The Rumble in The Jungle’ and ‘The Thriller in Manilla’, and this as an event will go down in history just like those iconic moments in our sport.”

Start coming soon

The press conference is scheduled to start at 1.30pm, but this is boxing, so it is going to start late.

Both fighters are landed and in the vicinity, though, so don’t get your knickers in a twist.

The four straps (yep, the IBO one too) are resting in front of Ruiz Jr’s seat, and Eddie Hearn will soon, hopefully, maybe, begin the conference.

Last time out

The pair were in the same room for the first time since June 1 when they met in Saudi Arabia two earlier this week. Here’s what they had to say then…

Anthony Joshua: “I am really looking forward to the challenge and I am glad the people here are supporting boxing.

“Some may support me, others may support Andy, but at the end of the day we are going to have a really good night of boxing and that is what we are all here for.

Andy Ruiz Jr: “On December 7 I know that Anthony Joshua is going to come hard, he’s going to come strong and will be preparing really well but so am I.

“I’m really hungry, a lot of people have been saying that I’m not training or taking it seriously but come on I have all these belts and there is responsibilities to this. I am going to try my best and I’m going to keep these belts and take them back to Mexico.”


Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr face off in the last stop of their global press tour in London today… and we’re here every step of the way.

Ruiz Jr looks a changed man – albeit not around the waist – since stunning the world, and Joshua, in June. He has revelled in his newfound wealth and is more confident than ever he will disfigure the wires of his “robotic” opponent.

Joshua, on the other hand, seems a more sombre, disenchanted boxer than he was before June 1. He finally bit at longtime critic Lennox Lewis in a recent interview and admitted to lacking motivation before the first fight.

Stay tuned as we bring you the latest from the capital…

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