- Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz rematch will hold on December 7 in Saudi Arabia
- With less than one week to the fight, the Saudi Arabia government bars ring girls from the fight
- The fight was scheduled to hold in Cardiff before Saudi snatched the deal with huge offer
Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz rematch has suffered a massive setback after Saudi Arabia, the hosting country, axed ring girls from the much-anticipated bout.
The British-Nigerian born heavyweight star and Ruiz will slug it out for the second showdown of their June 27 meeting in December 7.
But the bout, dubbed clash of the dunes, will be staged with the popular ring girls tradition scrapped due to Saudi's conservative policy on women.
The Arab country has strict laws governing what women can wear in public and with ring girls wearing skimpy outfits, boxing authorities will be forced to bend rules for the game.
The fight was scheduled to hold in Cardiff City in England before Saudi Arabia snatched the deal with a huge late offer.
Meanwhile, Wladimir Klitschko has offered advice to Joshua ahead of his title rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
The former heavyweight champion, who was defeated by Joshua in 2017 with a technical knock-out, was said to have given the 30-year-old fighter tips on diet and training, Mirror UK.
According Joshua, the Klitschko has been giving him hints on how to defeat Mexican and reclaim his belts.
"He said loads of stuff to me, Wlad was definitely ahead of the game. He's more disciplined than me, he's more diplomatic," Joshua said.
"He was giving me dietary and training advice and that is maybe what people are talking about now when they see a difference in my body."
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported Anthony Joshua appears to be ready to conquer the world of boxing again after the British-Nigerian born pugilist shows off amazing body transformation ahead of his fight with Andy Ruiz.
The heavyweight star was deposed of his championship in June with a shocking defeat to the Mexican champion.
Joshua was handed his first career defeat with a seventh minute knock-out at Madison Park New York, thus losing his WBA, IBF & WBO.
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