Neutral Officiating for Ruiz-Joshua II
As promised to unified heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz Jr., there will be nonpartisan officiating — no greater presence from either U.K. officials or U.S. officials.
During the New York press conference to promote Ruiz’s rematch with Anthony Joshua, Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua, informed reporters that the sanctioning bodies (WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO) will be responsible for choosing a set of judges. He further stated the Saudi Arabia Boxing Commission will be responsible for picking a referee that contractually cannot hail from either the U.S. or U.K.
Furthermore, each fighter will get to pick one commissioner — from the U.S. for Ruiz and from the U.K. for Joshua — to assist the Saudi Arabia Boxing Commission in regulating their title fight.
“We have an agreement with Andy Ruiz that we will have representation from both sides on the commission,” Hearn said. “So, they will have their selected commissioner from here, from the U.S., and we will have one from the UK. We met with the commission yesterday, who have staged events before.
“Again, all the eyes of the world is on them. So, they wanna make sure everything is absolutely perfect. So, at our request and at Team Ruiz’s request, we will have local commissions that actually sit on that [Saudi Arabia] commission, to advise and make sure both parties are happy with everything.”
Ruiz vs. Joshua II takes place on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.
Original Story: Boxing Scene