Andy Ruiz Vows: "I'll Make History Again", As He Lands In
Saudi Arabia For Clash On The Dunes
Heavyweight World Champion Andy Ruiz Jr. has vowed to “make
history again” as he landed in Saudi Arabia for the Clash On
The Dunes, bringing his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO title belts
The Mexican-American fighter followed his challenger Anthony
Joshua into the Kingdom, touching down at King Khalid
International Airport in Riyadh in the early hours of today
to set up his own training camp to prepare for the epic bout
on December 7.
The first-ever Heavyweight World Title fight to take place
in the Middle East will be staged in the custom-built 15,000
seat Diriyah Arena which is now ready for action in the
heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site, known as the home
of heroes and kings.
When asked how he felt about boxing in the Kingdom for the
first time, Andy Ruiz said: “It feels good. You know I made
history in New York and I’ll make history again in Saudi
Joshua will be looking to regain the title belts on the line
after losing them to Ruiz – known as ‘The Destroyer’ - at
their first meeting in New York earlier this year.
With hundreds of fans from throughout the US travelling for
the bout, the collective number of kilometers travelled by
Americans is a significantly larger commitment than any
other fans from across the world, with tickets sold in 60
different countries. But his fans will have to their work
cut out to match the volume of Joshua’s followers with
thousands flying in from the UK.
A world-class undercard will support the compelling main
draw, but even before they reach the arena fans will be
knocked out by what is waiting for them.
Spectators will approach the Diriyah Arena via the Diriyah
Oasis, a huge sprawling entertainment hub which includes
ice-skating outdoors, sky diving, jetski-ing and ziplining
among a host of activities on offer. The Diriyah Oasis is
split into the four zones – Nature, Imagination, Reflection,
Excitement- giving families a place to come together, and at
its heart lies an astonishing grand installation by
world-renowned Italian artist, Edoardo Tresoldi.
The Clash On The Dunes forms part of the Diriyah Season,
epic month of sports which kicked off with Formula E at the
weekend, the Diriyah Tennis Cup featuring eight of the best
men’s players on the planet, and the Diriyah Equestrian
Festival, an elite competition with Tokyo Olympics 2020
qualifying points on the line.
The Diriyah Season is also supported by the Diriyah Music
Festival with huge concerts taking place around the event.
On December 6, the night before the Clash On The Dunes,
major artists who are yet to be announced will perform. So
far artists such as Imagine Dragons, DJ Alan Walker, Clean
Bandit and Maluma have performed to 40,000 concert goers.