Boxing: Ruiz vs Joshua II The Begin For (Rematch)









The heavyweight fight of the year takes place in a specially built for this fight arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

On December 7, Anthony Joshua, in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diriyah - known as the land of kings and heroes - will try to recapture his championship belt, lost in the first fight against Ruiz, in an arena built specifically for this fight.  For the fight, a sold out stadium with 15,000 spectators is expected.

Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua at the first press conference on "Clash on the Dunes."
 It will be the first heavyweight world championship match ever staged in the Middle East.  The fight is part of the one-month "Diriyah Season", a spectacular season of world-class sports, global entertainment and culture, officially celebrated with a glittering ceremony in the ancient city, the birthplace of modern Saudi Arabia, on the outskirts of Riyadh.

The Government of Saudi Arabia has announced in recent days that travelers from 49 countries around the world can secure a 90-day tourist visa online in just seven minutes to attend the big festival.  For more information, visit visa.visitsaudi.com.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said, "This is the biggest boxing spectacle in the world and it's going to take place at one of the most unique venues ever."

"We already know that there is a great passion for boxing in the Kingdom, but AJ and Andy want their own fans, from all over the region, from the UK, the US and Mexico, to come and support them locally

"It is good news that these tourism visas were introduced.  This is a big step forward for the country and means that boxing fans, wherever they are, can witness an inevitable night.  This fight will go down in history as one of the greats.  "

With the unique venue outside the UK or US, the media has already parallels some of history's most iconic battles, such as Muhammad Ali's fight against George Foreman - "The Rumble in the Jungle" - and Joe  Frazier - the "Thrilla in Manila".

Chairman of the GSA, said: "We have already seen the energy generated by boxing when we hosted the World Boxing Super Series tournament last year, this milestone - the first fight for the  Heavyweight World Cup title, in the Middle East - now takes this excitement to a whole new level.

"Athletes and audiences will be amazed by the passionate reception of this event in the Kingdom.  With the introduction of tourism visas for 49 countries, it has never been easier for fans from around the world to attend this sports-historical event. "

His Highness Prince Khaled bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of SCEE, said: "This is a historic moment for Saudi Arabia when it came to opening the first heavyweight world championship.  As a nation, we have started to pave the way to become a global player in sports and entertainment.  How to experience a real appetite for the sport of boxing.

"This is the biggest boxing match in the world so far, and we're bringing it to Saudi Arabia on December 7th.  The world is watching us and we promise to offer an unparalleled experience. " 



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