British superstar Anthony Joshua is taking some heat after certain comments that he made during an interview with BBC Sport, when he was questioned over Saudi Arabia's human rights record towards homosexuality.
Joshua's rematch with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz is taking place in Saudi Arabia on December 7th.
The decision to stage that fight in Saudi Arabia has created a rift among public opinion, due to the controversies in the country when it comes to human rights.
During the BBC interview, Joshua was put on the spot when it was mentioned that homosexuals can receive the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.
And some of his comments have created a stir on social media, because some of Joshua's fans, due to their citizenship, religion or sexual preference, are either unable to attend or they are scared to attend.
"There are certain polices that are in place in the country and there are certain policies we just have to abide by, and I abide by the law and that’s just how it goes in certain places," Joshua told BBC.
“If you cant come to the country, you can still watch it, you’re still open to support and I appreciate your support from every community."
Joshua admits that he's found himself in a tough spot, with some of his fans being angry over his upcoming fight's location.
“I feel like in this situation I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t, a certain thing I can’t win for. I feel like I stand in the middle and I feel like boxing is just trying to open up the barriers for people to travel and see," Joshua said.
"I feel like so many communities have been through a lot of stuff, even my own community, we’re still going through stuff. If I’m going to fight for one cause, I’m going to fight for every cause and right now the cause I’m fighting for is getting my belts back.
"I do want to put on that cape and be like the spokesman but I’ve got some big tasks ahead of me at the minute. I feel I’m still young, I’ve still got time - there will be a time where I maybe more involved in certain aspects where we stand up and try and make change."