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A look inside the £460 million complex where Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will battle it out in a… – talkSPORT

On Saturday night, Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will get rowdy in Saudi when they walk to the ring at the King Abdullah Sports City.

Joshua has fought in Saudi Arabia once previously, when he had his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, but this will be a first for both in Jeddah.

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When Joshua fought Ruiz in a rematch, it took place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al-Turaif, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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But on Saturday night he will be at the indoor arena at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The £460 million King Abdullah Sports City is a huge complex made up of a stadium, three football fields, six tennis courts and an indoor arena where the Usyk vs Joshua rematch will be taking place.

One man who has experienced the atmosphere inside the 10,000-capacity indoor arena is George Groves, when he fought Callum Smith there in the final of the super middleweight World Boxing Super Series in 2018.

“The arena was great, it was indoors and it has air conditioning,” Groves recalled to talkSPORT.com.

“For September with the climate in Jeddah you really want to be indoors with some AC.

“It was great, it was packed with fans.

“I don’t know if they were boxing fans or if they were just people really excited that it was a big sporting occasion in their city, but it was good, it was great.

“It was weird, I’ve got to be honest – I’d gone from fighting Chris Eubank Jr at Manchester Arena, sold-out, loads of hype for two Brits fighting for a world title.

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On Saturday night, Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will get rowdy in Saudi when they walk to the ring at the King Abdullah Sports City.

Joshua has fought in Saudi Arabia once previously, when he had his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, but this will be a first for both in Jeddah.

Getty Images – Getty

When Joshua fought Ruiz in a rematch, it took place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al-Turaif, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

talkSPORT

But on Saturday night he will be at the indoor arena at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The £460 million King …….

On Saturday night, Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will get rowdy in Saudi when they walk to the ring at the King Abdullah Sports City.

Joshua has fought in Saudi Arabia once previously, when he had his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, but this will be a first for both in Jeddah.

Getty Images – Getty

When Joshua fought Ruiz in a rematch, it took place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al-Turaif, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

talkSPORT

But on Saturday night he will be at the indoor arena at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The £460 million King …….

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