Matchroom Boxing has united with Boxpark to stage two official screening events for the Heavyweight World title rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua on Saturday 7 December.
In one of the biggest heavyweight shocks of all time, Ruiz captured Joshua’s IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO at a sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1. Joshua attempts to regain his World titles next month and become a two-time Heavyweight ruler after tasting defeat for the first time in his professional career on his US debut in The Big Apple.
Matchroom is elevating the experience for fight fans in the UK, staging exciting events, supported by JD Sports and StubHub at Boxpark Croydon and Boxpark Wembley.
Fight fans in attendance can expect live music, plenty of great food and drinks, as well as the chance to get hold of the official event programme. With Sky Sports in attendance and covering each screening as part of their live broadcast, these knockout events will offer the electric atmospheres we’ve come to expect from Anthony Joshua fight nights.
Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Boxing, commented: “Of course, not everybody can get out to Saudi Arabia for the fight – so we wanted to create something for the fans which would be an exciting alternative. We’ve seen before the popular fan parks which come with big football tournaments and matches, and we felt that this fight is on the same level and deserved something special as ‘AJ’ bids to become a two-time World Champion and win his titles back.”
Insider Insight: The significance of this fight in terms of British heavyweight boxing history can’t be underestimated. The fact that the contest takes place at a sociable hour means it can be one of the most engaged with British boxing contests for a long time.