Joshua vs Ruiz weather: What happens if fight is cancelled, and when would postponed rematch take place? – The Sun

THE talk is over – Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz's rematch is set for TONIGHT!

But there is a SLIM chance the fight could be cancelled – and if so, what happens? We've got you covered…

There has been controversy that the bout is being held in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, where 16,000 fight fans will pack into a newly-built arena.

What would happen IF fight is cancelled?

Organisers are more concerned about the wind – should they hit 72mph there is every chance the undercard will be cancelled at the very least – with calling off Joshua vs Ruiz an absolute last resort.

And even a single flash of lightning will be enough for officials to cancel the eagerly-anticipated rematch – with a reserve date pencilled in for early 2020.

The chances of a postponement are very slim though and it would take a freak weather event to force the fight to be cancelled.

Joshua vs Ruiz weather forecast

THE new-look stadium looks set to be a fitting venue for Saudi Arabia's biggest ever boxing match.

Named the Diriyah Arena, it is custom-built to accommodate 15,000 and features open-air terraces which surround the ring.

As such, the weather might play it's part when the fighters enter the ring on Saturday night.

Work began on the arena just SIX weeks ago and it was constructed so quickly thanks to 175 dedicated staff and workmen.

It is situated just outside the town of Ad Diriyah, near to an entertainment complex known as the Diriyah Oasis – and is in the north-western outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The climate in the area is hot and humid throughout the year, with the average high in the summer months a toasty 42.4 degrees celsius.

Once you get into November and December though, those temperatures cool off and the fight won't be fought in a sweat box.

Instead it is set to be 27c during the day, going down to a mild 17c when the two fighters ring-walk around midnight Saudi time (9pm GMT).

There is a high chance of a shower earlier in the evening – forecast around 8pm Saudi time – so those early on the undercard might need to take a brolly with their entourage.

How can I watch fight night?

  • The huge heavyweight title fight and undercard is live on Sky Sports Box Office.
  • Sky Sports Box Office will begin their broadcast from 5pm GMT.
  • The card will be available for a record price of £24.95, with the full undercard and main event shown.
  • You can also live stream for the same price on your computer, mobile and tablet devices.
  • Sky Sports Box Office is also now available on BT TV.

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