The Red Sea fight, which brings together Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, the world heavyweight boxing champion, and his British challenger, Anthony Joshua, at the King Abdullah Sports City track in Jeddah today, has joined the list of historic revenge fights since the previous century etched in the memory of this sport.
The first confrontation between the boxers ended with Usyek stripping Joshua of three titles in the International Boxing Federation, the World Boxing Association and the World Boxing Organization last September at Tottenham’s stadium in London. Yesterday, the two boxers completed the weigh-in process, which precedes the fight, and are ready for the confrontation. This is the second time that Joshua is trying to regain his titles after the Diriyah match against the Mexican Andre Ruiz in 2019.
The boxing rings witnessed a number of rematches, which were accompanied by important events and records. The two confrontations are “Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974, and “Thrill in Manilla” in 1975, whose American champion Muhammad Ali Clay, Against was. his compatriots, George Foreman, and Joe Fraser, are the most famous and fiercest. The first confrontation took place in Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire, “the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” and was seen by 60,000 spectators, and about a billion on television, and recorded an income of 100 million dollars, as well as a documentary film entitled “When We Were Kings” which won the Academy Award in 1996. As for The second confrontation was held in Manila, the Philippine capital and was described as the toughest fight in the world of boxing, so Clay said about it: “It was the closest experience to death that he had in his life. ” The fight of the American Evander Holyfield against his countryman Mike Tyson in 1997 is also an unforgettable fight, in which Tyson bit his opponent’s ear, after which he lost his license for a year. But the confrontation’s income set a record and collected 180 million.
The fight between the Americans Riddick Bow and Evander Holyfield in 1993 witnessed a funny accident, when the adventurer James Miller, known as the Fan Man, jumped into the ring during the seventh round, carrying a giant fan at his side tied back, but he received a barrage. of painful blows from Bow’s assistants, which delayed the fight 21 minutes.
Golf carts and field guides
The “Skill Challenge Entertainment” company, the organizer of the Red Sea match, provided golf carts in front of the parking lots in the outer courtyards of King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah to take them to the closed hall to watch the fight, according to the presence of camps between the two sites, which may cause them to be late in reaching the playground. On the other hand, the company has installed signage in all streets inside and outside King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, in both Arabic and English, to facilitate access to the circuit as soon as possible with the deployment of field guides to assist.
A media center with 170 seats
The organizing committee of the Red Sea Boxing, which will take place tonight in the closed gym of King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, has allocated a media center, in addition to the football reserve stadium, to accommodate the large number of media representatives who will cover the event.
The center accommodates 170 seats with spacious tables, while being provided with a strong internet network, with a special camp for serving hot and cold meals and drinks, where coverage will continue until after midnight.
Joshua runs more than 10 kg
British boxer Anthony Joshua yesterday outperformed his Ukrainian opponent Oleksandr Usyk, the world champion, as he weighed in at 110.5kg compared to 100.5kg during the official weigh-ins ahead of their fight tomorrow.
Joshua recorded an increase of two kilograms compared to the first fight, while Usik maintained his weight, despite his statements three days ago that he had seen a noticeable increase.
Anthony: Outside the ring I don’t care
Briton Anthony Joshua has confirmed that he is fully ready to regain his titles after weighing up operations ahead of his expected match today against Ukrainian Olskander Usyk.
He explained in press releases that the confrontation that took place between him and Usik yesterday meant nothing and did not lead to winning the fight.
He added: “All these things don’t matter, the weigh-ins, the confrontations, nothing else matters to me but the fight… I’m 100 percent ready for 12 rounds.”
4 Al-Mayouf and Alatori tours
Today, the boxers, participating in the secondary fights that accompany the Red Sea fight, will fight 10 fights of different weights, including a confrontation between Saudi Ziad Al-Mayouf against Jose Alatori, which will play at 06:48 in a “super” light” weight and in four rounds.
The weighing operations for boxers lasted an hour and a half and took place before the main event, which is the weight of the main boxers of Ukraine Olskander Usyk and Britain’s Anthony Joshua.
Ruiz: Diriyah’s mistakes will not be repeated
Mexican boxer Andy Ruiz, the former world heavyweight champion, expected Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk to avoid mistakes in which he fell against Britain’s Anthony Joshua in the historic Diriyah bout, which he lost in 2019.
“I had all the potential to beat Joshua, but things happened very quickly, and I didn’t focus on what I had to do,” Ruiz said in an interview with BoxingScene.com yesterday. He added, “But Osek is different, he is ready and more disciplined… It will be a tough fight for both of them.” Ruiz described Joshua’s appointment of new trainer Robert Garcia as beneficial: “I think he needed a Mexican trainer to make him aggressive… He needed that aggression in the first fight. It is the strongest and biggest.”
Hear: The weight of the champion surprised me
Eddie Hearn, organizer of British boxer Anthony Joshua’s fights, explained that he was surprised that Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, the world heavyweight champion, maintained his previous weight in the first fight.
In statements to the “iFL” TV channel yesterday after the boxer’s weight surgeries, Hearn said: “I expected him to gain weight… There was a lot of talk about it… Maybe I misunderstood.”
“I am fully aware of how difficult this fight is, but I know that Joshua will be able to win,” he added.
Ramla and Crystal.. the first confrontation
Today, the King Abdullah Sports City Arena in Jeddah witnessed the first women’s professional boxing match in Saudi Arabia, between the Briton of Somali origin, Ramla Ali, and the Dominican Crystal Garcia Nova.
The fight will be a “light feather” weight, consisting of 8 bags, and kicks off at 18:10. During weigh-ins yesterday, Ramla wore a shirt with the number 42 written on it, in honor of the late American Jackie Robinson, the late baseball player, about whom she said in statements: “His journey in life is similar to hers.”