Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua II Set For Dec. 7
Boxing fans from around the world can flock to the biggest
fight of the year – the Clash on the Dunes in Diriyah, Saudi
Arabia – to support their heroes Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony
Joshua after the Kingdom launched new super-fast tourist
On December 7, in the UNESCO heritage site of Diriyah –
known as the land of kings and heroes – Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua
will attempt to recapture belts taken from him by Andy
‘Destroyer’ Ruiz Jr. in Diriyah Arena, a purpose-built arena
for 15,000 fans on the night.
It will be the first-ever World Heavyweight Title fight ever
to be staged in the Middle East and forms part of the
month-long ‘Diriyah Season’, a spectacular season of
world-class sport, global entertainment, and culture,
officially launched on Sunday night at a glittering ceremony
in the ancient city, the birthplace of modern Saudi Arabia
on the outskirts of Riyadh.
This follows the announcement in recent days that travelers
from 49 countries across the world can now secure 90 day
tourist visas online in just seven minutes to attend the
festival. For more information got to visa.visitsaudi.com.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said: “This is the biggest
boxing match on the planet, and it will be taking place in
one of the most unique venues ever.
“We already know there is a great passion for boxing in the
Kingdom, but AJ and Andy will want their fans to come and
support them, from across the region and from the UK and the
US and Mexico.
“It’s great news that these tourism visas have been
launched, that’s a big step forward for the country and it
means that boxing fans wherever they are can come witness an
unmissable night. This fight will go down in history as one
of the greats.”
Due to the unique venue, being staged outside of the UK or
the US, the fight has already seen parallels drawn in the
media to some of the most iconic fights in history, such as
Muhammad Ali's fights against George Foreman - "the Rumble
in the Jungle" - and Joe Frazier - the "Thrilla in Manila".
Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Chairman of the
GSA, said: “We have already seen the energy created by
boxing when we staged the World Boxing Super Series match
last year, this landmark moment – the first World
Heavyweight Title fight in the Middle East - now takes that
excitement to a whole new level.
“Athletes and audiences can expect to be knocked out by the
passionate reception this event will enjoy in the Kingdom,
and now, with the launch of tourism visas for 49 countries,
it has never been easier for fans from around the world to
come be part of history.”
HH Prince Khaled bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of SCEE,
said: "This is a historic moment for Saudi Arabia welcoming
the first World Heavyweight Championship. As a nation we
have started to pave the way for becoming a global player in
the sports and entertainment industry and we have witnessed
a real appetite for the boxing sport.
"This is the biggest boxing fight that has taken place in
the region to date and we are bringing it to Saudi Arabia on
December 7 – the world is watching us and we promise to
deliver an unparalleled experience. SCEE are a proud partner
of the GSA bringing Clash on the Dunes to Diriyah Season,