Joshua vs Ruiz 2: Watch incredible video that shows how stunning 15,000 purpose-built arena will look on fight night
NEW images of the stunning 15,000 desert arena show what it will look like on fight night between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.
Organisers of next weekend’s world heavyweight title rematch have built the new stadium from scratch especially for the fight in Saudi Arabia.
Joshua is hoping to reclaim the world titles he lost in such spectacular fashion in June when he returns to the ring on Saturday night.
And Ruiz Jr admits his first look at the stunning new development in the dunes just outside Riyadh has left him impressed.
The Mexican American 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 arena, which has three stands and one giant VIP area on the fourth side, has sprung up in little over two months.
At the start of November there looked to be little chance it would be ready in time as the site had hardly seen any construction work.
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But workers have laboured round the clock to ensure it is now fully built and ready to stage one of the richest fights of all time.
Victory for Joshua will see him avenge the shock loss to Ruiz Jr last summer and see him return to the top of the sport.
But another defeat would leave his career at the highest level in tatters.