Joshua fears another defeat by Ruiz Jr would ‘tarnish legacy’

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The bout is the first heavyweight world title fight to take place in the Middle East and will be staged in the 15,000-seat Diriyah Arena.

Work on the purpose-built stadium only began in October but it is now close to completion.

Joshua visited the arena, which promoter Eddie Hearn described as “utterly breathtaking”, on Saturday.

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In June, Mexican-American Ruiz floored Joshua four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage at Madison Square Garden, handing the Briton his first defeat as a professional.

Work on the Diriyah Arena began on 7 October – just two months before the fight.

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