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Hearn: Joshua Not Cashing Out, Wanted No Excuses in Victory

As previously reported, promoter Eddie Hearn says the decision to stage Anthony Joshua's world heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia can "change boxing forever".

Amnesty International has criticised the choice of venue for the fight on December 7 -- when Joshua will aim to win back the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO titles he lost to Ruiz Jr in New York in June -- citing the country's poor human rights record, the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the ongoing war in Yemen.

But Hearn defended the decision following rumours of Cardiff as a potential venue, citing other high-profile sports to have been played in Saudi Arabia while saying it could be a boost to boxing in general to broaden its audience.

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Hearn insists it is unfair to criticise boxing for heading to Saudi Arabia, where Britain's Amir Khan also recently fought, because there are so many other sports organisations using the country now.

A neutral venue was at the request of Ruiz Jr, who did not want to fight in Britain. The bout will take place in Diriyah, a town on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh at around 2000 GMT.

Hearn also rejected any talk that Joshua was cashing himself out.

"He [Ruiz Jr] didn't want to fight in the UK, felt it was unfair, and I don't think AJ wants any excuses. He wants to make him feel that he's won it fair and square and do it on a neutral territory. I don't think Anthony Joshua needs to cash out. I think he's doing alright. In terms of the risk, there is greater risk for him in this fight, doing it in a neutral venue, than over in the UK. I think that's just common sense. I admire him for that," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"For Anthony Joshua, once you take away the controversy, the discussions, the curiosity, get down to the fight, which is the biggest fight in boxing, which is Anthony Joshua trying to regain his world heavyweight titles against Andy Ruiz, and it's in Saudi Arabia. It's going to be an event that will take your breath away, and it's going to be an event that will go down in history with the iconic heavyweight moments in the past."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Reverb on 08-14-2019

[QUOTE=Fanofreason;19982548]Right during CFB championships. No one will watch.[/QUOTE] Never heard of CFB, you must be talking about a local interest in a specific region, not a global market.

Comment by vitali1999 on 08-14-2019

[QUOTE=T.M.T;19982765]Fury will never rematch Wilder. All that talk after the fight was pure adrenaline. When it wore off and he saw the tape of the near decapitation he was singing a different tune and is going a different direction.[/QUOTE] Please.…

Comment by The plunger man on 08-13-2019

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19984175]Can I get removed from the PBC fan club? For some reason you guys think I'm part of them just because I hate Hearn. I hate all the other promoters too FFS. I was hyping Ruiz when he was on…

Comment by The plunger man on 08-13-2019

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;19984175]Can I get removed from the PBC fan club? For some reason you guys think I'm part of them just because I hate Hearn. I hate all the other promoters too FFS. I was hyping Ruiz when he was on…

Comment by Walexhris on 08-13-2019

[QUOTE=DaNeutral.;19984109]Joshua takes it to the UK = so he can cheat and do peds Joshua takes it to America = he wanted it in the UK but Ruiz is the A side and Hearn messed the contract Joshua takes it…

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