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Photos: Filip Hrgovic, Eric Molina - 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 tophat1 on 12-05-2019

I didn't realise how big Molina was, didn't expect him to have the size advantage. Won't matter tho, he will get stopped

Comment by Christhenatural on 12-05-2019

Molina has been a pretty decent gatekeeper but he looks like his days are far past him. Unless Hrgovic is a complete fraud, then he gets Molina out of there in under 7 rounds

Comment by NachoMan on 12-04-2019

That guy sitting next to Hrgovic looks like some mad scientist/evil genius super villain! Sinister-looking MF.

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 12-04-2019

If Hrgovic is anything like a serious prospect, he should win this easily. Molina is here just to take a cash.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 12-04-2019

Hrgovich got this in the bag

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