Anthony Joshua arrives in Saudi Arabia, promises ‘iconic evening of boxing’ in Clash on the Dunes

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Saudi fans taking selfies with Anthony Joshua as he arrived in Saudi Arabia in Saturday night. (Supplied)
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A fan with Anthony Joshua as he lands in Saudi Arabia ahead of the Clash on the Dunes bout with Andy Ruiz Jr. (Supplied)
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A well-wisher fist bumps Anthony Joshua at King Khalid International Airport as the British boxer arrives in Saudi Arabia. (Supplied)
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Anthony Joshua has promised the world an ‘iconic evening of boxing’ as he landed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. (Supplied)
Updated 24 November 2019

Anthony Joshua arrives in Saudi Arabia, promises ‘iconic evening of boxing’ in Clash on the Dunes

  • ‘AJ’ landed in the Kingdom ahead of his upcoming rematch with World Champion Andy Ruiz Jr in Diriyah
  • First world heavyweight title fight to be held in the Middle East

RIYADH: Anthony Joshua has promised the world an ‘iconic evening of boxing’ as he landed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday ahead of his rematch with world champion Andy Ruiz Jr in the Clash On The Dunes.

The boxing superstar landed at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh as he arrived to set up his pre-fight training camp in preparation for the bout on December7.

The first world heavyweight title fight to be held in the Middle East, the "Clash On The Dunes" will take place in the custom-built 15,000 seat Diriyah Arena, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Joshua will be looking to regain his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO belts after suffering defeat to Ruiz in New York earlier this year, but the British heavyweight will have the backing of thousands of UK fans, who join boxing enthusiasts from more than 60 countries.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Anthony Joshua said: “It’s going to be an incredible night and I’m thrilled so many of my fans are going to be there, particularly from the UK.

“It’ll definitely be a night people will tell their grandchildren they were at, one of those iconic evenings of boxing.  Everyone from Saudi has been brilliant to work with."

The Clash On The Dunes forms part of the Diriyah Season, a month of sports which kicked off with Formula E this weekend, the Diriyah Tennis Cup featuring eight of the best men’s players, 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.


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.”