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Why Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz rematch was moved to Saudi Arabia

13 August, 2019, 22:24 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Saudis splash $40m on Joshua Ruiz Jr rematch

Anthony Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, which has been "confirmed" as taking place on December 7th, is being questioned by the Mexican's coach Manny Robles.

"In the build-up to AJ's shock defeat back in June, the 6'6" fighter weighed in at a whopping 247.8 pounds.

Anthony Joshua admits he was not fully focused before his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr and has revealed that the boos he heard during his loss in NY had an impact on his tactics for the fight.

The rematch for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles is supposedly set to take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on December 7.

The announcement of Saudi Arabia as the host for the bout will no doubt raise some eyebrows in the boxing community, not least for the timezone that the bout will take place in (GMT+3) being a potential source of consternation for United Kingdom and USA broadcasters.

The Middle East country had reportedly issued a lucrative proposal to host the heavyweight showdown, beating other rumored offers from Cardiff's Principality Stadium and an unnamed venue in Dubai.

"Despite some long-overdue reforms on women's rights, Saudi Arabia is now in the grip of a sweeping human rights crackdown - with women's rights activists, lawyers and members of the Shia minority community all being targeted", he added.

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'In the second round I heard the crowd booing, someone told me there was a fight going on in the arena, that's why, ' he said.

In February this year, the Saudis hosted their maiden European Tour golf event which was won by former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, while the world's most gruelling motor sports race, the Dakar Rally, will be staged in the kingdom next year.

Only last month Amir Khan trounced Australian Billy Dib at the King Abdullah Sports City arena, with the former world champion making £7m for the four round win.

Khan said he did not regret agreeing to the trip, despite Amnesty describing the Saudi Arabian human rights record as "abysmal". I started seeing women not wearing head scarves. "They had a huge concert where everyone was dancing and enjoying themselves".

Saudi Arabia has emerged as the latest contender to host the rematch with one source saying there are still "five or six" venues in the running.

"Maybe now they are changing to make it that new place where people can enjoy themselves and it's fair for women. I think they're trying to change now".

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