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USA: AJ and Ruiz promote 'Clash on the Dunes' in NYC

United States, New York City
September 06, 2019 at 01:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

American-Mexican boxer Andy Ruiz Jr. and Britain's Anthony Joshua continued their world press tour in New York City on Thursday ahead of their heavyweight showdown scheduled to take place in December.

AJ said the fight represented a "second chance" for his career and hoped he would reclaim his belts.

Ruiz stunned the sporting world with his against-all-odds knockout of the Briton in New York City's Madison Square Garden back in June.

The Mexican welcomed the opportunity to return to the Big Apple and wanted to use the fight to prove "doubters" wrong.

The re-match, titled 'Clash on the Dunes', in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia will be the first heavyweight world title fight ever held in the Middle East.

Promoter Eddie Hearn defended the decision to host the clash in Saudi Arabia, saying that moving it outside of boxing's typical venues could lead to 'a big change in the dynamics of the sport.'

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American-Mexican boxer Andy Ruiz Jr. and Britain's Anthony Joshua continued their world press tour in New York City on Thursday ahead of their heavyweight showdown scheduled to take place in December.

AJ said the fight represented a "second chance" for his career and hoped he would reclaim his belts.

Ruiz stunned the sporting world with his against-all-odds knockout of the Briton in New York City's Madison Square Garden back in June.

The Mexican welcomed the opportunity to return to the Big Apple and wanted to use the fight to prove "doubters" wrong.

The re-match, titled 'Clash on the Dunes', in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia will be the first heavyweight world title fight ever held in the Middle East.

Promoter Eddie Hearn defended the decision to host the clash in Saudi Arabia, saying that moving it outside of boxing's typical venues could lead to 'a big change in the dynamics of the sport.'

M/S Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua square up and pose for cameras

W/S Promotional event for Ruiz-Joshua heavyweight fight

M/S Ruiz and Joshua embrace and take seats

W/S Host speaking at event

W/S Press conference group

SOT, Anthony Joshua, British heavyweight boxer: "So I feel like stopping isn't in my DNA, to continue and as long as I have breath in me, I'll keep on fighting for the passion of boxing, more so to carry the sport as an ambassador of the sport and for an ambassador of championship level fighting. I feel like that's where I belong. You know, ever since I got into boxing, I've just tried to rise to the top. I never wanted to be mediocre with it. I'm born with a fighting spirit. I know how to fight."

M/S Journalists recording promotional event

SOT, Anthony Joshua, British heavyweight boxer: "To lose something is to never get it back. I lost x. That means that you're never going to get it back, but I believe and I'm certain that I have a second chance - December 7th. We didn't have any warm-up fights. I am not gun shy. I'm looking forward to getting back on December 7th and reclaiming my belts."

SOT, Andy Ruiz Jr, world unified heavyweight champion: "But you know what, I'm happy to be here in New York, you know. This is where everything happened, where I became the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world, when I became, when I made history. But I know AJ, he wants his belts back. I know he does. I know what it feels like to lose."

M/S Journalists recording promotional event

SOT, Andy Ruiz Jr, world unified heavyweight champion: "You know, I've been through so much. I know a lot of people's been through so much stuff, but I've been through so many rollercoasters in my life. So many doubters in my life telling me I was going to do nothing, just because of my appearance, the way I look. But at least, I think I'm going to prove where people can say, 'Man, if he did it, I can do it.'"

W/S End of promotional event

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