Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz: world heavyweight boxing rematch – live!

World title rematch in Saudi Arabia, due 9pm GMTToo many heads remain in the sand with hosting of sportAnd you can email Tom or tweet him @tom_lutz 5.39pm GMTHere’s a look at tonight’s bout sheet. Also, a reminder that Saudi Arabia has world’s third lowest rainfall with 59mm annually, according to the Press Association’s Mark Staniforth. Ruiz and Joshua are expected to make their entrances at a quarter to midnight local time or a little over three hours from now.First bell (3.30pm – all times GMT) 5.30pm GMTHello and welcome to Riyadh for tonight’s hotly anticipated rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua. We’re ringside at the purpose-built Diriyah Arena on the north-west outskirts of the Saudi capital for what’s surely the most controversial world heavyweight title fight in more than 40 years. Six months after Ruiz turned boxing’s bellwether division on its ear with a seismic upset of the then-unbeaten Joshua at Madison Square Garden, they’re running it back in the middle of the desert – where Joshua will attempt to become only fourth deposed heavyweight champion to win an immediate rematch after Floyd Patterson (against Ingemar Johansson in 1960), Muhammad Ali (against Leon Spinks in 1978) and Lennox Lewis (against Hasim Rahman in 2001).The story of the moment is the oppressive rainfall positively lashing down on the 15,000-seat arena in the middle of the Arabian Desert because of course. Pockets of spectators wearing plastic ponchos are scattered through the mostly empty stands as with many more taking shelter in the tight concourses as England’s Tom Little is blasted out in two at the hands of Azerbaijan’s Mahammadrasul Majidov in the night’s first pay-per-view fight. Peak Britain, really. Continue reading…