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Organisers promise neutral officials for Ruiz-Joshua rematch


• Fury says Joshua fight will not happen if he loses again

There would appear to be a lot on the line for Anthony Joshua as he seeks redemption against Andy Ruiz Jr. on December 7th in Saudi Arabia. Joshua, who has become one of the sports’ biggest stars in recent years, could be on the verge of losing it all with a second consecutive loss to Ruiz, reports

But Matchroom promoter, Eddie Hearn tells Sky Sports that this will be a fair fight with a fair result as the contracts for the rematch demands neutral officials.“All that stuff is in the contract. Neutral judges, neutral referee. The same kind of set-up as the first fight. There will be a representative from the British Boxing Board of Control on the Saudi commission and there will be a representative from Tom Brown Promotions and Ruiz’s team appointed on the commission, as well. We’ve been sent a list of judges from the governing bodies that will be selected by the commission.”Hearn also adds that he’s hoping to add Kell Brook to the December 7 card, with him expected to announce the full undercard within days.

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury says Anthony Joshua fight will not happen if he loses again.‘The Gypsy King’ Tyson Fury, 31, told Sky Sports in a revealing and typically honest interview that domestic rival, Joshua can forget about a future fight if he loses again to Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr on December 7.He also demanded that any potential super-fight between the Brits would be have to be settled across the Atlantic in America, where he is rapidly building his profile.

“Well, if he gets knocked out again there’s no chance, is there, that’s for sure,” Fury told Sky Sports ahead of his WWE showdown with Braun Strowman in Saudia Arabia on October 31.

“If we were to fight, if he did win this fight, then all my fights have to be in America now, so unless they’re willing to travel t the US, which after his last visit, I don’t think he’ll be to happy on going, then it’s not happening any time soon, that’s for sure.”He then gave a glimpse of hope when he added, Not very near future no, but never say never.”

Former Olympic gold medallist and unified heavyweight world champion Joshua, 30 from Watford, suffered his sole career defeat in his American debut on June 1 at Madison Square Garden to unfancied Californian Andy Ruiz Jr via a seventh-round stoppage.It was one of the biggest boxing upsets in heavyweight history, although Tyson claims to have predicted his rival’s downfall.He wouldn’t comment on their upcoming fight but did take the opportunity to call both AJ and Ruiz ‘bums’!


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