Preparing Ministry of Sports According to “SPA”, a historical sporting event, represented in the return fight to win the World Heavyweight Championship in boxingUnder the name “Red Sea Battle”, between the Ukrainian “Alexander Usyk” and the British “Anthony Joshua”, on August 20, in Jeddah Governorate.
The first confrontation between the boxers witnessed the victory of Oleksandr Usyek over Joshua, in a bout that took place last September of 2021 AD at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, in the presence of 60,000 spectators, before “Joshua” demanded to meet again, which is what happens for the first time. In the history of heavyweight competitions after 1999, when Lennox Lewis faced his opponent, Evander Holyfield.
Regarding this upcoming decisive event, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and Chairman of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, stressed that hosting this sporting event is something we are proud of, especially as it is a global and unique fight at the level of boxing, which reflects the unprecedented amount of interest that we receive. It has been used in our sport by our wise leadership, and the direct support of His Highness the Crown Prince – may God protect him – who stands behind all these global hostings and events that the Kingdom has become a headquarters for.
He praised the Ministry’s preparations to give this global sporting event what it deserves to appear in an ideal way. Rather, the aspirations to have an exceptional and unprecedented success, similar to the international sporting events recently hosted by the Kingdom. Upon receiving her guests in various fields, pointing out that the people of the Kingdom concerned and entrusted with organizing this event are working to complete the preparations for the upcoming and decisive fight, in order to ensure that this fight forms a milestone in the list of historical sporting events hosted by our dear country, continuing to achieve the objectives of the vision The Kingdom 2030, and to contribute to attracting unique international sporting events and events that the children of the Kingdom, the youth of the country, and the public around the world can enjoy.
The development of boxing in the Kingdom in recent years
The game of boxing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has witnessed a great development since 2019, an increase in the proportion of male and female practitioners to 300%, compared to 2019, in addition to the opening of 59 gyms dedicated to practicing the game of boxing, while many local tournaments are held under the umbrella of the Saudi Federation. For boxing in all regions of the Kingdom, while the Ministry of Sports seeks to support various games, through hosting to raise the percentage of gamers, improve and develop the sports environment, and inspire Saudi athletes with the values and principles of sports of all kinds.
It is noteworthy that the World Heavyweight Championship title fight, which will be held next August, is the second world fight hosted by the Kingdom, after the great success that was achieved in the fight that was held at the Diriyah Arena in December 2019, and the British “Anthony Joshua” won the World Heavyweight Championship title, after His victory over his Mexican rival, Andy Ruiz, by total points, after the end of the last round.
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