THE countdown is well and truly on to Anthony Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
As well as the huge clash in the desert, there's plenty to look forward to in 2020 as Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder remain on a collision course after the Bronze Bomber's dramatic win over Luis Ortiz.
Meanwhile, Dillian Whyte will face Mariusz Wach on the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz undercard.
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TYSON FURY'S promoter Frank Warren believes the Brit could have a THIRD fight with Deontay Wilder – after beating the Yank in their rematch next February.
Warren claims Fury will be in better shape than in his draw with world heavyweight champ Wilder last December – as this time he will not need to shed so much weight.
He told Business Insider: “Fury won that fight, it was not a good decision at all.
“But he had to lose nearly 11 stone.
He wasn't training to fight, he was training to lose weight. But now he's training to fight.
“I believe Tyson beats Wilder. Who knows, there might be another fight there.”
GEORGE FOREMAN tips Tyson Fury's rematch with Deontay Wilder to be an all-time great fight – with legendary status for the winner.
After British stylist Fury outboxed Yank KO specialist Wilder in a thrilling heavyweight draw last December, Las Vegas' MGM Grand will host their second bout on February 22.
Two-time world heavyweight champ Foreman, 70, most famous for his Rumble in the Jungle with Muhamad Ali in 1974, believes Wilder has improved since the first fight.
Foreman told TMZ: “I think that the Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury rematch would be one of the greatest fights of all time.
“Not just today, but of all time. If I see that fight, I would say that Deontay Wilder is moved up in status and whoever wins that fight will probably be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.”
DILLIAN WHYTE claims Mariusz Wach has "the best chin of anyone I've ever fought" as the Brit heavyweight makes his comeback on the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr undercard in Saudi Arabia on December 7.
Whyte, returning after failing a pre-fight drug test in July, denied Pole Wach is a step down in class for him.
Jamaican-born Whyte told Sky Sports: “i can't wait to get in the ring.
“Mariusz Wach is a tough operator, Klitschko couldn't stop him.”
ANDY RUIZ Jr sat inches away from Anthony Joshua, looked into his eyes and called him a quitter.
Mexico’s first heavyweight world champion dropped the Brit four times on June 1 in New York before AJ spat out his gumshield and was stopped on his feet by referee Michael Griffin.
Joshua, 30, insists the Canadian official was wrong to end his unified reign and that he was ready and willing to go beyond the seventh round.
But, on Sky Sports’ The Gloves are Off, Ruiz stated in his trademark soft voice that the 2012 Olympic hero swallowed the first defeat of his career when the going got too tough.
Ruiz said: “I think he quit because of the way it was going.
“I think he was out of it and didn’t know where he was at that moment. I think he quit.
“Would I have quit under that sort of attack? It depends on how hurt I was. But I don’t quit. If I fall, I fall.”
World title rivals Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury poured salt into Joshua’s gaping wounds by insisting he committed boxing’s ultimate sin.
But, having watched the Madison Square Garden massacre over and over again, the 6ft 6in powerhouse defended his honour better than his right temple that night.
Ahead of the December 7 rematch, AJ said: “I lost, the referee waved it off. I roll with it.
“I am a champion no matter what anyone says about me.
“If the conclusion is that I quit, why didn’t I just stay down? He hit me with a shot that I could not recover from but I still stuck in there.
“I got dropped four times and I just kept getting up.
“The only reason I didn’t walk out of the corner in the seventh round was because my gumshield was not in and I was waiting for the referee to put it in my mouth but he waved it off.
“The main thing is I am still fighting. It would be worse if I did not come back — that is true failure.”
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