Incredible overhead shots have been released of the stadium Anthony Joshua will battle Andy Ruiz in to win back three versions of the heavyweight world title.
The purpose-built venue in Saudi Arabia is ready to go for the mouth-watering December 7th fight – seating 15,000 fans set to enjoy a dramatic night whatever the result.
Ruiz downed the Brit in June for a dramatic upset, setting up this rematch which could either propel Joshua into a era-defining bout with Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder, or send his career spiralling.
The arena in Riyadh was constructed remarkably quickly – taking just two months to build.
While taking a look at the arena for the first time, Ruiz said: ‘It’s amazing man, it’s crazy how they built everything in a month and a half.
‘It’s amazing to be fighting over here, it’s going to be really historic and I’m planning to make history over here. It’s a lot different.
‘When I first got here none of this was here so it’s unbelievable.’
The fight has been shrouded in controversy due to Saudi Arabia playing host. Human rights organisations have criticised the country and the fight, but promoter Eddie Hearn has defended the decision, saying he is ‘comfortable’ with hosting it there.
When the fight does get underway, Joshua will hope to win back some pride after losing his unbeaten record to the unfancied Mexican.
Fans of the Watford-born heavyweight fear Ruiz may possess the style that best unlocks Joshua – but the challenger has insisted he comes into this fight much better prepared.
Source: The Mail