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Anthony Joshua fans unable to see fight due to huge pillar obscuring ring – Irish Mirror, Mirror.co.uk


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Fans who have splashed out thousands of pounds to watch Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr face being unable to see the action due a giant pillar.

The heavyweight world title fight is being staged in a purpose-built, (********************************************************, – seater open-air arena in Saudi Arabia tonight.

The arena was built in just two months and will be torn down after the event.

But pictures posted onTwittershow some seats near the ring have an obscured view due to a pillar Which is supporting the huge canopy which protects the fighters from the elements.

Only per cent of tickers are believed to have been sold with around 2, Brits – both from the UK and those who live in the area – expected to attend.

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The decision to host the rematch in Saudi Arabia has been heavily criticized given the country dubious human rights record.

Joshua will earn in excess of £ 75 million – more than double his previous highest purse – and defended his decision to fight in the desert.

In an interview with the BBC, he said that as a heavyweight contender it was his duty to expand the sport into new markets, just as the likes of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman had done before.

The famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ in Kinshasa in 55334 was staged in a stadium containing torture cells, and in which opponents of the ruling Mobutu regime had been routinely lined up and shot.

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Joshua said: “I just came here for the boxing opportunity. I feel like taking boxing global is what a world champion or challenger should be doing. You fight around the world.

“I try and bring positivity and light where ever I go. I just feel I’ve got a fight to focus on – for the future maybe I can bear a different kind of flag, but at the minute it’s the world championship flag I’m trying to bear. “

In a statement earlier this week, Amnesty international called on Joshua to educate himself about the issues in the Kingdom, which executed 435 people last year – many of them publicly – ranking third behind only China and Iran.

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Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz Jr again tonight

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Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn also launched an impassioned defense of the move, suggesting it would have been a dereliction of his duty to overlook the enormous sums of money being offered to his fighter.

Hearn went on to claim Saudi Arabia, which has also recently hosted fights involving Britons Amir Khan, Callum Smith and George Groves, would become a regular venue for big fights in light of its unbeatable financial muscle.

“My only focus is on the boxing,” added Joshua.

“It’s just me coming from Watford and being told I’m fighting in Saudi Arabia. It’s like, ‘all right, let’s rock and roll’. We looked at different venues, but this was the one. “

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