Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will square off in a custom-built 15,000 capacity venue in Diriyah, near Riyadh
Tickets have gone on sale for Saudi Arabia’s hotly anticipated ‘Clash on the Dunes’ between boxers Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua.
The two fighters are set to battle in a 15,000-capacity custom-built arena in Diriyah, near Riyadh, where Joshua will fight to recapture the belts he lost to Mexican-American sensation Ruiz Jr. earlier this year.
The fight – the first heavyweight title fight ever held in the region – forms part of the month-long Diriyah Season, which includes a number of other entertainment and cultural events in its programme.
The bout also comes soon after the announcement that tourists from 49 countries can apply for tourist visas online.
“This is a historic moment for Saudi Arabia, welcoming the first heavyweight championship. As a nation, we have started to pave the way for becoming a global player in the sports and entertainment industry,” Prince Khaled bin Abdulaziz, chairman of Skill Challenge Entertainment (SCEE) was quoted as saying by Arab News.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn – who also serves as Joshua’s manager – said that the fight is “the biggest boxing match on the planet” and that it will take 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,” he said.
“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,” Hearn added. “This fight will go down in history as one of the greats.”
Tickets are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.