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Photos: Andy Ruiz, Anthony Joshua - Face To Face at Final Presser

An iconic fight needs a spectacular venue and few can compare to the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia which is now ready for a historic night as the Clash On The Dunes sees World Champion Andy Ruiz Jr take on Anthony Joshua. (photos by Mark Robinson)

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The first-ever Heavyweight World Title fight to take place in the Middle East will be staged in the custom-built 15,000 seat Diriyah Arena in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site, known as the home of heroes and kings.

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The Diriyah Arena has been constructed by 175 staff working tirelessly to transform the 10,000 sq m site, which includes 295 tonnes of steel, which would stretch 57km. Work began on October 7, just two months out, with 3,000 sqm of scaffolding needed to complete the work.

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On the night more than 2,000 staff will ensure proceedings run smoothly in the arena, 95 percent of which is reusable, and which will take a month to take down.

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Joshua will be looking to regain his IBF, WBA, WBO 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 joining boxing enthusiasts from more than 60 countries across the world.

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Fans will approach the Diriyah Arena via the Diriyah Oasis, a huge sprawling entertainment hub which includes ice-skating outdoors, sky diving, jetski-ing and ziplining among a host of activities on offer. The Diriyah Oasis is split into the four zones – Nature, Imagination, Reflection, Excitement- giving families a place to come together, and at its heart lies an astonishing grand installation by world-renowned Italian artist, Edoardo Tresoldi.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by LaidOut on 12-06-2019

No one, and I mean no one, expected Ruiz to perform like he did the first fight. He was mucho calm when taking big shots, and had the presence of mind to fire back, which is what won him the…

Comment by angad10 on 12-06-2019

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;20230746]Oh, well.. perhaps Amir Khan's wife made the trip as well? :D[/QUOTE] hahahaha she aint all that and a bag of chips

Comment by Tatabanya on 12-05-2019

[QUOTE=angad10;20230681]those are rookie numbers, you gotta pump those numbers up boy[/QUOTE] Oh, well.. perhaps Amir Khan's wife made the trip as well? :D

Comment by angad10 on 12-05-2019

[QUOTE=Califire209;20230462]AJ is on the verge of becoming britian's next Frank Bruno, he has plenty lose man this is sink or swim. This man don't look like he's ready to crack any heads, he looks like a lost little puppy getting…

Comment by angad10 on 12-05-2019

[QUOTE=Eddy Current;20230271]They must use slave labor or something close to it.[/QUOTE] yeah man they only use slave labor in the middle east. its the centre of human rights violations. but they have so much oil money so they can put…

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