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Photos: Andy Ruiz Arrives For Media Day in Saudi Arabia

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 Boxing Scene on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=Deontay Wilder;20225842]That's a trip, man. Imagine the crowd on fight night. 10,000 Amir Khans cheering you on.[/QUOTE] Amir khan is British you stupid dimwit.

Comment by Iron Fister on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=CanGGG;20225997]looks like andy is being protected by the mexican cartel, who is that tattoed bald guy?[/QUOTE] Mexican cartel. In Saudi Arabia. loooooool That guy is probably Andy's brother.

Comment by CanGGG on 12-03-2019

looks like andy is being protected by the mexican cartel, who is that tattoed bald guy?

Comment by Califire209 on 12-03-2019

The champ is here!

Comment by T.M.T on 12-03-2019

I hear that there will be no women there. Not ever ring card girls.

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