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Bob Arum explains how Andy Ruiz can get out of Saudi Arabia rematch with Anthony Joshua

The Top Rank promoter says there is legal precedent for Ruiz to stop fight in The Kingdom.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum takes a couple minutes to chat with Fight Hub TV about his thoughts on the Andy Ruiz-Anthony Joshua rematch and the plans to hold it in Saudi Arabia. Arum, who was formerly a federal prosecutor, also provides a legal argument about how Ruiz can force his way out of his rematch clause based on where they plan to stage the bout. Check it out...

Arum on what he makes of Ruiz-Joshua 2:

“I think it’s a good fight. I give Ruiz a good chance to repeat. We’ll have to see but it’s a good fight.”

On placing the fight in Saudi Arabia:

“I have no comment on that. That’s up to the individual fighters and promoters, it’s not up to me.”

On if he would hold a fight in Saudi Arabia:

“I don’t know. Again, we’re not putting on this card, Eddie hearn is. If it happens in Saudi Arabia, it happens in Saudi Arabia, but I’m not gonna make any comment about it.”

On Andy Ruiz not wanting to fight in Saudi Arabia and considering his own legal expertise and familiarity with the business of boxing, is there a way Ruiz can get out of the rematch clause:

“Well, I’m not his lawyer...[but] I would argue I don’t have to go and fight him in Saudi Arabia because the State Department of my own country told me it’s too dangerous to go over. And no judge would make him do this. It’s like say, if you have a contract that you have to do the fight any place in the world and they wanna put it in a war zone, you don’t have to go and do it.”

On if that argument is a viable legal remedy for Ruiz in this situation:

“Yeah. Yeah, that has precedent.”

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