Unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr says he wants to finish ’s career after confirming he will contest a rematch in S Arabia.

United States-born Mexican Ruiz, 29, shocked Britain’s Joshua in New York in June to win the , , WBO and IBO world titles.

They are set to meet again in the Middle East on 7 December.

“I took it to AJ in the Big Apple and I’m looking forward to ending his career in the desert,” said Ruiz.

The fight was announced by 29-year-old Joshua’s camp earlier in August, but Ruiz had not confirmed his participation.

But on Saturday he posted on social media: “I’m excited to announce my rematch with .

“In the first fight I made history and became the first ever Mexican/American heavyweight champion of the world.

“I am grateful to S Arabia for inviting me.”

Human rights campaigners have questioned the choice of venue, citing S Arabia’s human rights record.

Amnesty International has said the move provides “opportunity for the S authorities to try to ‘sportswash’ their severely tarnished image”.


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