The managing director of Matchroom Sport Eddie Hearn stood by the decision to stage the highly anticipated rematch between Britain's Anthony Joshua and the American-Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia during a press conference at the Savoy Hotel in London on Monday.
Amid criticism from human rights organisations and fans over the move, Hearn spoke highly of Saudi Arabia's logistical capacity... Еще and its love for boxing.
«For us we really wanted to go somewhere that believed in the sport of boxing, that had a vision,» Hearn said, speaking alongside Omar Khalil of Skill Challenge Entertainment. «We have to realise there is a world out there, outside of Cardiff and Madison Square Garden.»
Hearn added that the move could potentially change the sport 'forever' and guaranteed that 'the whole world' would be watching 'with curiosity.'
Despite rumours, Hearn also confirmed that both fighters had indeed signed contracts for the so-called 'Clash on the Dunes' and it had been greenlighted by the relevant authorities.
The fight, which is scheduled for December 7th in Diriyah, is a rematch of the June bout which saw Ruiz Jr. defeat Joshua in a pulsating upset which shook the boxing world.