6.40pm Boxing news LIVE: Joshua promises Ruiz trilogy, AJ to earn £66m in Saudi Arabia, Fury eye ‘completely healed’ – The Sun

THE countdown is well and truly on for Anthony Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.

As well as the big fight in the desert, there's plenty to look forward to in 2020 as Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder remain on a collision course after the Bronze Bomber's dramatic win over Luis Ortiz.

Meanwhile, Dillian Whyte will face Mariusz Wach on the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz undercard.

And one of boxing's greats, Manny Pacquiao, will make his long-awaited return against either Shawn Porterm Danny Garcia or Mikey Garcia.

Follow all the gossip from the world of boxing below…


  • FORMER heavyweight champion Hasan Rahman believes Anthony Joshua will require a quiet night in order to beat Andy Ruiz Jr.

    Rahman knows a thing or two about winning as an underdog having overcome Lennox Lewis to become world champion in 2001.

    He may have lost out in the rematch to Lewis, but Rahman believes Ruiz will not suffer the same fate when he takes on Joshua in Saudi Arabia.

    Joshua has often relied on his heavy hitting to win fights, and why not, but Rahman feels Joshua will have to show restraint if he is to beat Ruiz.

    “Joshua is so used to knocking everybody out, but he has to remain disciplined and quite frankly make it a boring fight if he wants to win,” Rahman told the Guardian.

    “If Anthony is disciplined, and uses his height, reach and distance he can secure a victory. But if Joshua tries to make it exciting and go for the knockout, then he gets knocked out.”

  • IT was a defeat which shocked the boxing world the first time around as Anthony Joshua surrendered his WBA, IBF and WBO titles to Andy Ruiz Jr.

    Joshua's sole focus since has been winning back his belts, but the Watford fighter says he will not celebrate should he gain revenge on Saturday.

    He said: “Would it be a special moment? No because I know I belong here, so it’s not special.

    “When I regain those belts I’m going to keep cool, stay focused on the next challenge. It’s not a time to celebrate.

    “It’s a time to keep the challenger mindset, one by one I’m picking them off, I’m moving on to the next target and Ruiz is just the next target on my list.”

  • THE winner of Saturday's blockbuster encounter in the desert will likely have either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury in their sights.

    The duo face off in a rematch of their spectacular clash of just over a year ago on February 22.

    It is expected to be another entertaining encounter and Fury has, as ever, been quick to build the hype despite the fight being some three months away.

    The Gypsy King took to his Instagram account to mock his rival, describing Wilder as a “sucker” while shadowboxing.

    You can check out the full story here.

  • HE may have only lost once in his professional career, but it appears Anthony Joshua's amateur days were at times less productive.

    They'll be some familiar faces on the undercard on Saturday as it emerged two of those fighting in Saudi Arabia can lay claim to beating Joshua.

    While many will know of Dillian Whyte's success over AJ, the name Magomedrasul Majidovb will be less familiar.

    However, the heavyweight, who takes on Tom Little on Saturday, overcame Joshua just a year before he won Olympic gold in 2012.

    Read all about the bout here.

  • A warm embrace between two of the big names on Saturday's billing.

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