Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has said that the Briton’s heavyweight title rematch with Mexican-American world champion Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia could change the boxing sport forever.
Concise News learned that Hearn said this on Monday at a news conference.
This news medium understands that Joshua and his opponent had signed up for the December 7 fight to be hosted in an open-air stadium in Ad Diriyha, near the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Joshua lost his IBF, WBA and WBO titles to Ruiz at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1.
“We had approaches from Saudi Arabia, from Dubai, from Qatar, from Abu Dhabi,” Hearn said.
“And there’s been numerous conversations in the past about staging events in that region.
“We have to realise that there is another world out there outside of Cardiff and Madison Square Garden, and we have an obligation to grow the sport of boxing to new areas and regions.
“This event could change boxing forever. If Saudi Arabia are going to invest in these kind of fights, with the population that they have and the potential to grow the sport, you could be seeing a big change in the dynamics of the sport.”