“Red Sea Fight”… a sports night “carnival” that satiated the cravings of boxing lovers

It was crowned with the presence of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, international personalities and 40,000 fans in Jeddah Hall

Athletes in the Kingdom, “especially boxing lovers,” led a historic carnival night, led by the presence of the godfather of sports, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince, during which the Ukrainian Usyk captured the title of the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship has. before his British rival, Joshua, in the “Red Sea Battle.” Which attracted the attention of millions from different countries of the world, and was embraced by the covered hall in Jeddah.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomed a large crowd on his arrival at the gym, while a group of sports and international personalities attended with him, led by Infantino, president of the International Football Association and Saudi Minister of Sports Prince Abdulaziz Al-Faisal, and a number of former boxing champions, including former American world champion Evander Holyfield and boxer, British Naseem Hamid.

Ukrainian Usyk celebrates his victory over Joshua in the main event (EPA)

Prince Abdulaziz Al-Faisal crowned Ukrainian boxer Usyk with the title of world heavyweight boxing champion, following his victory over his British rival, Joshua, by the decision of two out of three judges, amid a huge local and international media coverage of the historic event that millions of people around the world watched through the transmission channels, as it was attended. About 40,000 fans in the indoor hall.

Usyk managed to retain the titles of the World Boxing Association, the International Boxing Association and the World Boxing Organization, which he won in the first event, held last September, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, in the presence of 60,000 spectators. retained, before “Joshua” demanded a return meeting from New, which is the first time in the history of heavyweight competition after 1999. Usik also added an additional title, the “Ring” title, held by boxer Tyson Fury has been abandoned.

The British boxer sheds tears during the press conference (EPA)

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and Chairman of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said: “We are proud to host this major world event for the second time, which is a consolidation of one of our objectives, which aim to make the Kingdom a destination to host world championships, confirming the unprecedented amount of interest received The sports sector comes from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and the direct support of Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister, who we see in every sporting event held in the Kingdom.

He added: “I congratulate the boxer Oleksandr Usyk on winning the Red Sea match, and good luck to his rival, “Joshua.”

The American Holyfield, the former heavyweight world champion, is one of the characters who witnessed the fight (Reuters)

The Ukrainian Usyk became the undisputed world champion in boxing with 20 wins during his professional career without any defeats, starting at cruiserweight, and won her world title before successfully making his way to the heavyweight category, while Joshua has 3 defeats with losing the second comeback meeting to regain the title after he managed to regain it in the historic Diriyah match at the end of 2019, after defeating his Mexican rival Andy Ruiz Jr.

Usyk and Joshua’s fight witnessed a calm on both sides at the start, before the conflict raged from the sixth round, where it partly witnessed fluctuations of superiority, the Ukrainian Usyk, before the Briton Joshua approached to exit to shine in the final fight after laying siege to Usek with multiple punches before the conflict ended with Usek winning the title.

Saudi boxer Ziad Al-Mayouf celebrates his victory in secondary fights (Photo: Abdullah Al-Falih)

Usyk appeared clear before the final bell, but the American referee gave a score of 115-113 in favor of Joshua, while the British and Ukrainian judges gave the advantage to Usek at 115-113 and 116-112.

British boxer Joshua wept with emotion as he spoke to reporters yesterday morning (Sunday) about his second defeat in a row against rival Oleksandr Usyk, when he said: “It’s very, very difficult for me to say that i am proud of myself , I am really angry, I tried to play in a different way, in the previous confrontation I wanted to compete. Like a boxer, but it didn’t work, and tonight I didn’t succeed.”

“I wanted to win so badly and I was angry with myself, only myself and no one else after the fight,” Joshua said. I wanted to get out of the ring because I was so angry.”

A large attendance witnessed the International Boxing Night at the Jeddah Hall (AFP)

He explained: “When you feel angry you can make mistakes, after that I realized that this is the sport and I came back and acted in the right way.” He described Usyk as a great hero at the time, noting that his opponent gave a strong performance during the two fights and that he is a distinguished boxer who has fought many fights and has a long experience.

For his part, Ukraine’s Usyk expressed his respect for his rival Joshua as a fighter and competitor in the ring, noting his feeling that victory was getting closer in the ninth round, during which he was looking for a big incentive to not stopping to win the title.

Osik expressed his happiness with the titles he achieved, described the fight as strong, stressed that the size of the boxer does not matter as much as the fighting spirit and determination to achieve victory in the ring, and thanked Joshua for his words at the end of the battle, noting that he does not like to brag about this, as he prefers to be modest in such moments.

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, ruled out the possibility of the 32-year-old British boxer retiring soon.

The event kicked off with a number of secondary fights, in the presence of more than 200 professional media, from inside and outside the Kingdom, of 15 different nationalities, and representing more than 100 channels, newspapers and websites specializing in boxing.

The fights witnessed a big win for Saudi boxer Ziad Al-Mayouf over Mexican Jose Alator by technical knockout in the first round, after just one minute and five seconds. The British-Somali born Ramla Ali also managed to defeat her Dominican opponent Crystal Garcia in the first professional women’s fight held in the Kingdom, She achieved her seventh victory in the same number of matches in the professional competition.

Other fights saw Bulgaria’s Traicho Georgiev defeat Emirati boxer Rashid Belhasa, Ukraine’s Daniel Lapin defeat Slovakia’s Joseph Gorko, Britain’s Ben Whitaker defeat Croatia’s Petar Nosic, and American Andrew Tapetti over compatriot James Wilson, after Wilson’s team decided to withdraw.

Swede Badu Jack beat American Richard Rivera by two-out-of-three decision, and Jordanian Badr Al-Samreen managed to beat Azerbaijan’s Fouad Tarverdi by technical knockout in the fourth and final round to keep his record unbeaten .

Britain’s Calum Smith scored a resounding victory, knocking out French opponent Mathieu Baudelaire in the fourth round, giving Smith a chance to fight for the WBC Super Middleweight title.

After 12 marathon rounds, Croatia’s Filip Hergovic defeated China’s Zhang Zili by unanimous decision from the three judges and earned a chance to fight for the IBF heavyweight title.

The Kingdom’s hosting of this fight comes within the objectives of the Ministry of Sports and the Saudi Boxing Federation, to achieve the strategic objectives of the Kingdom’s continued hosting of the most important and largest international sporting events, as a world destination to host such major global offer. competitions, in addition to diversity in the presentation of events and programs.

Many professional media and foreign media delegates to the global and historic event in the coastal city of Jeddah (western Saudi Arabia) expressed their great happiness to be in Saudi Arabia and the characteristic atmosphere of the historic struggle and the organization, which described them as wonderful. for the return meeting between Usic and Joshua, speaks of their great admiration for the country’s culture and cooperation of everyone with them, which Saudi Arabia wins anyway.

In her interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the American media figure, Michelle Phillips, expressed her happiness to be at the important international sporting event and for its wonderful organization, describing the hospitality they enjoyed as outstanding, as she said: “Hospitality here is very special. I am happy to be at a sporting event watched by millions of sports fans, and I hope Saudi Arabia will win any sporting events.”

Britain’s Raheem Davies agreed with Asharq Al-Awsat with colleague Phelps in his push for Saudi Arabia to win any sporting event, adding: “I have seen the people’s love for boxing here, and there has been great cooperation and interest from the organizers of the historic fight and they have provided us with all the help we need.”

Davies indicated that his visit to Saudi Arabia was his second and his first to the coastal city of Jeddah, which he admired, describing life there as beautiful, adding: “We are happy here and enjoying it.”

In the past few years, the Ministry of Sports has hosted and organized sports and international events and events, making the Kingdom the focus of the world and the international media; Both foreign and Arab, despite all the great circumstances and challenges that have affected the whole world due to the new epidemic of the “Corona” virus (Covid 19).

It is noteworthy that the Red Sea fight is the second international fight hosted by the Kingdom, following the great success achieved in the fight held at Diriyah Arena in December 2019, won by Britain’s Anthony Joshua, who the title of the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship, after defeating his Mexican rival Andy Ruiz.


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