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Andy Ruiz Jr reportedly agrees to Saudi Arabia deal for Anthony Joshua rematch

The deal, which has been a public controversy, appears to be done.

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After weeks of public spats and talk from both sides — and sides not even involved in the fight — it appears as though the planned Dec. 7 rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua will go ahead in Saudi Arabia.

Mike Coppinger reports at The Athletic that Ruiz and his team have “reached an agreement in principle” — so the whole thing could still have issues, and there is a non-zero chance that this news will turn out to have been premature, I guess, but for now the word is it’s going on as Eddie Hearn and Matchroom desired.

So what got it done? Money. Ruiz’s contract, which he agreed to before beating Joshua on June 1 in what has been by far the biggest boxing story of 2019, called for him to make $8 million or so for this fight. He thought — probably rightly — he should get more. It now appears he will get more.

As expected, DAZN will stream the rematch, which on paper right now is set to be the biggest fight of 2019 going in, even if no outcome can really make it as big a story as Ruiz shocking the world the first time around.