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Photos: Anthony Joshua, Slimmed Down, Works Out in Saudi

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 ShoulderRoll on 12-04-2019

It looks like someone took all the juice out of Joshua.

Comment by Szef on 12-04-2019

[QUOTE=EnglishOxide;20228770]An I the only one not seeing significant weight loss? He's dropped maybe 10-15lbs. I expect him to weigh between 240lbs to 250lbs still. He weighed in at 245 for the Whyte fight and looked trim, I wouldn't be suprised…

Comment by EnglishOxide on 12-04-2019

An I the only one not seeing significant weight loss? He's dropped maybe 10-15lbs. I expect him to weigh between 240lbs to 250lbs still. He weighed in at 245 for the Whyte fight and looked trim, I wouldn't be suprised…

Comment by UNBANNED on 12-04-2019

[QUOTE=jose21580;20227247]Joshua on the 1st pic looks bad in my opinion maybe lost to much weight and muscle.[/QUOTE] Clearly trying to be faster in the rematch with better endurance

Comment by ecuasionz on 12-04-2019

That first pic is looking CRAZY. If he won the Ruiz fight, no way he would drain all his muscles in 4 months, with no fight in between. He looks like some big highschool kid. Where did the He-man, Masters…

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