Photos: Andy Ruiz Shows Off His Moves 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 Mindgames on 12-07-2019

[QUOTE=Pantera_;20234516]Bull****. Joshua will crumble when he feels the brute arm strength of a 283 pound beast.[/QUOTE] Ruiz might take him out, but it wont be nothing to do with arm size. More likely, Joshua boxes from range and Ruiz looks…

Comment by Pantera_ on 12-06-2019

[QUOTE=Mindgames;20227217]Swole arms aint got nothing to do with boxing my man.[/QUOTE] Bull****. Joshua will crumble when he feels the brute arm strength of a 283 pound beast.

Comment by thereeldeel on 12-04-2019

Ruiz is looking on the money, not too light and not too heavy for his body type. Joshua already looked drained more than a week out from the fight. AJ's punch resistance and confidence are down, Ruiz by KO in…

Comment by apollocreed on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=indelible;20227398]how are the bookies looking on this in terms of favoritism. Is it Joshua or Ruiz that's the more favorite?[/QUOTE] Joshua is the favourite with UK bookies. I think they’re under rating Ruiz again. He’s around 3 - 1. I’ll…

Comment by PRchamp on 12-03-2019

Is this stadium outdoors? Ruiz looks like he’s cold, I see Ruiz still giving Joshua a lot issues if he can get in the inside. I see this fight playing like the Salido-Juanma 2 fight. Joshua scores a KD early…

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