Joshua vs Ruiz 2 start time, USA and UKHot
American and British boxing fans should be wary of the start time for Joshua vs Ruiz 2 on Saturday, December 7. The fight card will take place in Saudi Arabia so the start time will be unusual.
In the United States and Canada, the fight will be shown exclusively on DAZN, the global sports live-streaming service. And in the UK, the fight will be broadcast by SKY Sports.
DAZN's home page lists 2:30 p.m ET / 11:30 a.m. PT as the start time for the card. However, another page on DAZN states Joshua vs Ruiz 2 will start at Time: 12 p.m. ET. That page also states the following about the main event:
The two are scheduled to make their ring walks about 3:45 p.m. ET, which is 8:45 p.m. in England and 11:45 p.m. local in Saudi Arabia.
In the USA, look for the fight card to start between 12 p.m. ET and 2 p.m. (between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the UK) and for the main event to begin between 3:15 p.m ET and 4:30 p.m ET (between 8:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the UK).
If you're planning to do something else early in the day, get everything finished by 12 p.m. ET in the US and 5 p.m. in the UK. And if you want to go out at night, look for the fight card to finish (at the latest) by 6 p.m. ET in the US and 11 p.m. in the UK.
We wish we could give you more accurate details but DAZN's start time information isn't in-sync. Also, as you know, the time for the main event ring walks is dependent on the length of the undercard bouts.
Joshua vs Ruiz 2 Fight Card
Andy Ruiz, Jr (C) v. Anthony Joshua, rematch, 12
IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight title
Joshua vs Ruiz 2
Ruiz orchestrated one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history in June. How good is he? Did AJ take him too lightly?
Alexander Povetkin vs Michael Hunter, 12
Hunter vs Povetkin
With all the buzz about about Joshua vs Ruiz 2 and Wilder vs Ortiz 2, Hunter vs Povetkin isn't getting a lot of press but is still intriguing. It's a well-matched bout that will have an impact on the landscape of the heavyweight division.
Filip Hrgovic vs. Eric Molina, 12
Hrgovic vs Molina
Twenty-seven year old, 6'5" Filip Hrgovic is only 9-0, 7 KO but don't let that fool you. As a representative of Croatia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Hrgovic won a bronze medal as a super heavyweight and has ions of amateur experience.
“I first met Filip at the Klitschko camp in Austria and he impressed me,” said heavyweight Johnnie Duhaupasn via BoxingScene.com. “He has a good right hand, fast and strong, and you can see he aims to become a World Champion. I smell it in him. His style and ability are similar to Vitali Klitschko."
Dillian Whyte vs. Mariusz Wach, 10 or 12
Scott Quigg vs. Jono Carroll, 10 or 12
Mahammadrasul Majidov vs Tom Little
Diego Pacheco vs TBC
Hopey Price vs TBC
Why is the fight in Saudi Arabia?
Per DAZN, Ruiz made it clear he didn't want the fight in the UK and even suggested that the bout be held in Mexico. However, when none of those locations could come to fruition, Matchroom Boxing president Eddie Hearn began looking for alternatives and got an offer from Saudi Arabia.
Although there was criticism for the choice of Saudi Arabia as the venue, Hearn said it was an opportunity to grow the sport, and told DAZN's Chris Mannix, "I don't think we can ignore the potential for boxing in the Middle East."
"I think this is a changing of the guard," Hearn said at the fight's New York press conference in September. "Every promoter in boxing tried to get Saudi Arabia to stage a mega-event. I got it. Unfortunately, I have to take the flak that comes with it. ... I believe that not just Saudi Arabia, but Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar will be bidding for all these big fights in the future. So you either embrace the change, or you turn your back on it, and you'd be an idiot (to turn your back on it)."
Hearn's father, Barry Hearn, told iFL TV that boxing is a global sport, and that it was in the fighters' best interest for them to listen to offers from all countries.
"Saudi Arabia and the Middle East generally are spending an awful lot of money, huge money, to attract big sporting events, and our duty to our clients is to maximize their earnings."
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