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Jeddah: ‘The whole world will watch’ Ukrainian world champion Oleksandr Usyk defend his title against Britain’s Anthony Joshua in the fight Wrath on the Red Sea (“Rage on the Red Sea,” said Prince Khaled bin Abdulaziz, head of the Entertainment Skills Challenge.

Prince Khaled was speaking at the press conference at the Shangri-La Hotel to me Jeddah ahead of the August 20 match, with keynote speakers and other boxers also speaking about the event.

“The whole world will be watching,” he claimed, referring to the heavyweight fight. “This is an important milestone for Saudi Arabia and for sports in the Kingdom.”

“I want Saudi Arabia to rank high on the world boxing map and energize the people of our country. We want more participation in women’s boxing and we hope to achieve that.” to me “The future of Saudi women who will fight and represent the country,” Prince Khaled said.

At the press conference, Usik and Joshua declared their readiness to fight and expressed their appreciation for the spirited atmosphere and hospitality in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua hopes to win the Kingdom’s Heavyweight Championship for the second time after defeating Andy Ruiz Jr in Riyadh in December 2019. He trained well. “We have raised the bar and improved mental focus by being rigorous enough to achieve the goals I set for myself. What drives me is my passion for competition and above all my desire to always improve. I knowIBeing successful is my number one goal, not winning belts.

Meanwhile, Usyk is fighting for the Ukrainian people as much as he is fighting for himself.

“Physically we are ready for this match, after spending a lot of time training. There is a great atmosphere and spirit in the Kingdom that never ceases to motivate us. I would like to thank the Saudi people for their hospitality and warm welcome, and I hope to come to the Kingdom more than once.”

Speaking on behalf of Skill Challenge Entertainment, Prince Fahd bin Abdulaziz said: “We are very proud that boxing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to grow, allowing us to host this world-class event that would not have been possible without the support of our wise and boxing leaders.” Efforts of the Ministry of Sports And the hard work of the Saudi Boxing Federation.”

“I hope that this event will be successful and that Saudi Arabia becomes a destination for other international sporting events, just like boxing,” he told AFP. Arab News.

“It’s great to see the boxing ecosystem come alive in the kingdom, and I hope this proves to be an event e“It will be in the coming years one of the best we have ever seen,” said Abdullah Ahmed Al-Harbi, president of the Saudi Boxing Federation. “It’s an event the size of the World Heavyweight Championship, because it has five different belts, and we wish the boxers good luck.”

He said he is also looking forward to other meetings, particularly the first professional boxers to participate. to me Professional international match in Saudi Arabia. Al-Harbi said, “This is a historic boxing event not only for the kingdom but for the world as well, and I am very happy to be a part of it.”

This is the second major battle in the Kingdom, after the first battle that was held in the Diriyah Season in Riyadh. Since then, we have witnessed a huge transformation as well as the evolution of boxing at the amateur level.”

“We now have nearly 24 clubs and more than 700 boxers. Also, we have an Olympic event of 300 boxers in Jeddah. We are helping to me Huge turnout to me This sport and we look forward to motivating more people to participate in it after this event.”

He also provided extensive support to Ziad Al-Mayouf, the first professional boxer to represent Saudi Arabia. “We are all with him, he is the first Saudi professional boxer to fight in his homeland. He will surely inspire the new generation of amateurs who want to become professionals, and help them participate in matches at a higher level.

Mayouf who will face the Mexican Guse On Saturday, Alatori said he was overwhelmed by the support he had received and felt a slight pressure from all eyes on him.

“I feel this pressure deeply,” he said. “You feel this pressure when you do something important. In front of this pressure, there are two options. Either we enjoy every minute, make the most of it, or we don’t enjoy it, and it becomes an obstacle. I chose the first option, which is to turn the pressure into something positive. I am excited. to me The idea of ​​a game in front of my people and I know that no matter what they will be with me, which I really appreciate.

During the Undercard Rage Conference on the Red Sea, other boxers – Zhang Zhilei, Filip Hrgovic, Callum Smith, Mathieu Bauderlique, Badou Jack, Andrew Tabiti, Rashid Belhasa, Bader Samrin, Ramla Ali and Crystal Garcia Nova – all expressed their appreciation. Satisfaction with the idea of ​​participating in this event.

“With my opponent, we will write history together. We will encourage many girls to practice boxing, but also to participate in all kinds of sports. It feels great to know that I will motivate many other women in this way,” Ramla Ali said.

His opponent, Crystal Garcia Nova, said boxing is for everyone, and there should be no gender discrimination. “If women want to learn boxing or if they want to do something else to me Individually, they should move forward, because that would give them a better disposition and a chance to defend themselves against anyone.”

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield says he’s not taking any risks Predict the winner between Usyk and Joshua. “Everyone has the advantage to go forward and win the title, but I’m neutral,” he said. “I think Usyk and Joshua have to give their best.eMays is giving their fans a big fight.”

This text is a translation of an article published on Arabnews.com

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