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 stagged with the popular ring girls tradition scrapped due to Saudi's conservative policy on women.

The Arab country has strict law 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 earlier scheduled to hold in Cardiff City in England before Saudi Arabia snatched the deal with a huge late offer.