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Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch: First three fights officially announced for undercard

Two heavyweight fights have been announced as part of the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch undercard on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.

Michael Hunter will face Alexander Povetkin in a crunch clash between two top contenders, while rising prospect Filip Hrgovic will take a step up against Eric Molina.

Also on the card, Scott Quigg returns from injury to face Jono Carroll in a super-featherweight clash.

Anthony Joshua is seeking revenge over Andy Ruiz Jr

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Anthony Joshua is seeking revenge over Andy Ruiz Jr

“Before the fight with Hughie Fury, I hadn’t entered the ring for almost a year, recovering from an elbow surgery, so I’m very glad that I can have another fight this year,” said Povetkin.

“Hunter is a strong, highly ranked boxer. I think it will be a good and interesting fight. I’m not going to make any plans for the next year, first I have to go through this fight against Hunter, but I would definitely like to box for the world title.”

Hunter replied: “I look at this fight with Povetkin as my ‘gold medal’ fight. I was in the Olympics and so was he, he won the gold medal and I didn’t so this is basically my gold medal fight right here. I am always pushing for the KO.

“I thrive on making guys quit so I’m definitely going to push for it. I am a boxer first though and I’m certainly going to be boxing his shoes off. If I see any quit in him then I am going to take advantage of that.”

Povetkin beat Hughie Fury in August

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Povetkin beat Hughie Fury in August

Hunter has been on a great run of late

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Hunter has been on a great run of late

Hrgovic stated: “I’m very honoured to be a part of this great event.

“It is a big step up for me in terms of the level of opponent and the size of the event. The whole world will be watching so this is a big opportunity for me to showcase my skills.

Molina added: “I am beyond excited to be a part of this amazing boxing event in Saudi Arabia.

“I am grateful to finally be back in the ring and I know exactly what this fight means. Eddie Hearn has given me more than enough time to be physically, mentally and spiritually ready for Hrgovic.”

Filip Hrgovic is among the top young prospects in heavyweight boxing

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Filip Hrgovic is among the top young prospects in heavyweight boxing

Scott Quigg has not been a world champion since losing to Carl Frampton in 2017

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Scott Quigg has not been a world champion since losing to Carl Frampton in 2017

Quigg said: “I am delighted to be on this huge card. It is a great platform for me to launch my career forward again and get my name back out there after being out the ring for over 12 months due to injury.

“Despite being out the ring for the length of time I have I expect to be putting in a career best performance and moving back in to the title mix. I look forward to the Saudi Arabian experience and I am privileged to be part of such a special show.”

Carroll responded: “In a way, this is even bigger than my world title fight.

“People didn’t know Farmer in Ireland until I fought him, but everyone knows Quigg because Frampton fought him. It’s a huge card and a great opportunity to show the world the best of me.”

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