Joshua-Ruiz Rematch To Have All Neutral Officials

Lengthy negotiations, contract stipulations, and a champion’s reluctance to fight in Saudi Arabia nearly marred Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz’s rematch on December 7th.

Now just over a month, promoter Eddie Hearn claims all things are in motion for the unified world heavyweight championship fight including the setting of judges and an official for the fight.

“All that stuff is in the contract,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “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,” Hearn continued.

“We’ve been sent a list of judges from the governing bodies that will be selected by the commission. Anyone can object to an appointment of an official, and that can be put forward for change.”

“We’re working on Kell Brook possibly being on that card,” said Hearn of the former world champion to join the undercard. “Of course Michael Hunter against Alexander Povetkin, a great heavyweight fight will co-main event on that card.

“Scott Quigg against Jono Carroll as well, which is a great fight. [Souleymane] Cissokho against possibly Sam Eggington on that card as well, so putting it all together.”


Report: Sky Sports

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