Jeddah set to host World Boxing Finals in August


JEDDAH — The Red Sea city of Jeddah is set to host the finals of World Heavy Weight Boxing on August 20, 2022, organizers announced here on Sunday.

In a statement, the Ministry of Sports confirmed that Jeddah governorate is scheduled to host the Red Sea Battle to name the world heavyweight boxing champion between Oleksandr Usyk (Ukraine) and Anthony Joshua (England).

Joshua was beaten after a unanimous decision when the pair faced each other at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London last September, and will be eyeing redemption in Jeddah.

Usyk won the title before a 60,000-strong crowd but his rival appealed that the meeting be repeated, the first such incident in the history of the sports since 1999.

In remarks to highlight the event, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, who also heads the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said the event is a source of pride to Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He cited numerous international sports events Saudi Arabia has played host in the recent past. — SPA

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