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Eddie Hearn defends to hold Anthony Joshua V Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia

Reuters

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Eddie Hearn claims Canelo Alvarez, Deontay Wilder and boxing’s other big names will be drawn to Saudi Arabia by the riches on offer.

Former IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Joshua lost his belts at Madison Square Garden in New York City in the summer.

He will face Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday, December 7 for a rematch.  Joshua is set to pocket £66million.

“The bigger picture, who knows?” he said. “The people I’m dealing with I believe have very good intentions for the sport of boxing. They want the sport to develop in this territory.

“Sometimes you’ve got to look at the bigger picture and the last few days I’ve really been looking at this event, the venue, the graphics we’ve been putting out, thinking this is pretty mega.

“If they’re going to be investing this kind of money in the sport, we’ve got to be realists and say this is what’s going to happen.

“Everyone’s coming – Canelo, Pacquiao, maybe Wilder – and they’re all coming for one reason – they want the money.”

Source- The Mirror

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