With exactly one month to go, tickets have gone on sale for the ‘Rage on the Red Sea’ tournament which will see heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk face Briton Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.
In a rematch of their London bout last year, fans from around the world will be able to be part of boxing history when the fight takes place in Jeddah on August 20, in what is being billed as one of the biggest heavyweight rematches in the history of the sport.
The fight will take place indoors at King Abdullah Sports City Arena, part of Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City which has hosted various international sports and entertainment events including football, WWE and boxing.
Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz, chairman of Skill Challenge Entertainment (SCEE), said: “We’re one month from one of the biggest sporting moments in our country and today, we invite fans from Saudi Arabia and around the world to witness history.”
“The Rage on the Red Sea headlines a dramatic night of world championship boxing and an evening to remember forever. We’re proud to secure this event for our country as it continues its incredible transformation, inspiring our people to participate in sport and lead happy and healthy lives.”
The Rage on the Red Sea will see Usyk’s WBA ‘Super,’ IBF, WBO and IBO belts on the line in a career defining heavyweight clash.
Joshua was dethroned as heavyweight king by Usyk in September 2021 in front of over 60,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on a memorable evening in boxing’s marquee division.
Usyk said: “I work hard in my training camp to be in the best shape for the rematch. With the help of the Lord I will overcome the biggest challenges to make it happen. I want the crowd to be excited with the fight, I want them to remember it for the lifetime.”
Joshua added: "August 20th is set to be an unbelievable night of Championship level boxing. For any sports fan this is not to be missed, it has all the ingredients to go down in boxing history. Locally I know that boxing has grown massively and it was great to see thousands of people come to Riyadh for the Clash on the Dunes. I am hoping to see even more in Jeddah in a few weeks’ time.”
The Rage on the Red Sea is the latest international sports event to take place in Saudi Arabia, which has recently emerged as one of the fastest transforming countries in world sport. Since the ‘Clash on the Dunes’ between Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, there has been a nearly 300 percent surge in male and female boxers in the Kingdom, with the number of boxing gyms growing from just seven to 59.
As part of the country’s aims to get its people engaged and participating in sport, the Saudi Boxing Federation is aiming to inspire 500,000 in the next four years.
The fight, which is held under the patronage of HRH Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 ambitions, is a second for Joshua in Saudi Arabia and takes place nearly three years on from the historic ‘Clash on the Dunes’ in Diriyah that saw Joshua reclaim his crown.
Vision 2030 aims to improve the quality of life of residents and visitors to the Kingdom by developing a vibrant environment for participation and spectatorship in sports and entertainment whilst aiming to transform the Kingdom for a post-hydrocarbon era. The nation has become one of the fastest growing countries in world sport with increased participation levels, investment in elite athletes, a year-round schedule of sport and a rapidly growing commercial sector to support this infrastructure.
Tickets are available from $100.
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