WWE superstar Braun Strowman and boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to ignite WWE Crown Jewel in Riyadh

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury
Updated 01 November 2019

WWE superstar Braun Strowman and boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to ignite WWE Crown Jewel in Riyadh

  • Fury: Braun Strowman should be warned to expect a serious beating

RIYADH: WWE Champion Brock Lesnar faces two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and WWE superstar Braun Strowman lines up against the undefeated heavyweight champion Tyson Fury for the WWE Crown Jewel event in Riyadh on Thursday.

Fury told Arab News ahead of his official WWE debut that Braun Strowman should be warned to expect a serious beating.

Fury and Strowman go head-to-head at the King Fahd International Stadium in one of the event’s most intriguing battles, and the British boxer believes he will have too much strength and skill for his opponent.

“I’m finally going to get my hands on Braun Strowman in Riyadh and I will destroy him in front of a huge global audience,” Fury said.

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Commenting on the recent attack by his opponent dubbed “the monster among men,” Tyson said that Strowman pulled a cheap stunt on him while he was training last week, catching him off-guard, but there will be nowhere for him to hide at Crown Jewel.

“There’s only going to be one winner and, believe me, it won’t be him. I’m stronger, faster and, crucially, smarter than him, so I don’t have anything to worry about. Bring it on!” Fury said.

WWE Crown Jewel, a signature event of Riyadh Season, will also feature Team Hogan (Seth Rollins, Rusev) vs. Team Flair (Randy Orton, King Corbin) as the two WWE Hall of Famers will coach a hand-picked team of five “superstars” for a five-on-five tag team match.

WWE Superstars Roman Reigns, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, The New Day and AJ Styles are also scheduled to compete. Mansoor, WWE’s first Saudi Arabian Superstar who was born in Riyadh and won the largest Battle Royal Match in WWE history at Super ShowDown in Jeddah in June, will return home.


Coronavirus forces fan ban at Italian football games

Updated 25 February 2020

Coronavirus forces fan ban at Italian football games

  • The Europa League game between Inter Milan and Ludogorets on Thursday will be affected
  • Italy reported its fifth death from the virus on Monday and it has the most confirmed cases in Europe

ROME: Upcoming matches in Italian Serie A and the Europa League will be played behind closed doors to combat the spread of coronavirus, the Italian sports minister announced on Monday evening.
“Following the demands of the sports world and knowing that the ban on sporting events open to the public remains in force in six regions of northern Italy, we have agreed to the holding of matches behind closed doors,” said Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora after a meeting of the Council of Ministers.
The Europa League game between Inter Milan and Ludogorets on Thursday will be affected, but the minister did not specify which Serie A matches at the weekend would be included in the ban.
There are six games in the regions he mentioned, including the clash on Sunday evening between leader Juventus and third-place Inter.
Italy reported its fifth death from the virus on Monday and it has the most confirmed cases in Europe.
Napoli’s Champions League match against Barcelona on Tuesday is not at risk.
The alternative to banning fans is to postpone games and Gabriele Gravina, the president of the Italian Football League made clear earlier in the day that he was opposed to thats.
“We have made an official request to Health Minister Roberto Speranza to have this game played behind closed doors,” Gravina told the press. “We expect a quick response, but we have been told that the outcome will be positive.”