LONDON: Tickets for the heavyweight bout between Anthony Joshua and world champion Oleksandr Usyk to be held in Jeddah next month have gone on sale, it was announced on Wednesday.
Rage on the Red Sea will take place on August 20 at King Abdullah Sports City Arena. Ticket prices from SAR375 ($100).
“We are one month away from one of our country’s greatest sporting moments, and we invite fans in Saudi Arabia and around the world to witness the story,” said Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of sports and entertainment agency Skill Challenge Entertainment.
“The Rage on the Red Sea features a dramatic night of world championship boxing and an evening to remember. We are proud to secure this event for our country as it continues its incredible transformation, inspiring our people to participate in the sport and lead a happy and healthy life.
Rage on the Red Sea will see Usyk’s WBA “Super”, IBF, WBO and IBO belts on the line in a defining clash with Joshua, who was dethroned by Usyk last September in front of more than 60,000 fans in London.
Usyk said he will work hard in his training camp to be “in the best shape” for the rematch.
“I want the crowd to be excited about the fight. I want them to remember it all their life,” he added.
Joshua said August 20 would be an “incredible night” of championship-level boxing. “For any sports fan this is not to be missed,” he added. “He has all the ingredients to go down in boxing history. Locally, I know boxing has grown tremendously, and it was great to see thousands of people coming to Riyadh for the Clash on the Dunes. I hope to see even more in Jeddah in a few weeks.
According to SCEE, there has been an almost 300% increase in the number of male and female boxers in the Kingdom since the Clash on the Dunes fight between Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019. The number of boxing gyms has increased from seven to 59.
The fight is taking place under the patronage of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
It’s a second for Joshua in Saudi Arabia and comes nearly three years after his fight with Ruiz Jr. in Diriyah saw Joshua reclaim his crown.