Just over 2,000 British followers are anticipated in Saudi Arabia for Joshua’s bid at becoming a two-time heavyweight champion by reclaiming the three world titles he lost to Ruiz Jr last June.
The journey proved too pricey for almost all of Joshua’s followers and there have been additionally considerations about Saudi Arabia’s abyssal human rights document.
Pictures on social media circulated displaying that these supporters who did splash out hundreds of kilos may arrive to search out their view fully obstructed.
Four thick pillars encompass the ring, supporting the cover that can attempt to shield Joshua and Ruiz Jr from the weather.
Rain has been pouring down on prime of the 15,000-seater purpose-built arena in Diriyah, which was constructed in simply two months for the heavyweight combat.
Dillian Whyte, combating on the undercard, entered the ring with plastic luggage round his sneakers, in a bid to make sure he didn’t slip within the ring.
About 75 per cent of tickets have been bought for the combat and promoter Eddie Hearn has dismissed criticism about staging the combat in Saudi Arabia.
Amnesty worldwide have repeatedly criticised Joshua and Matchroom’s function in Saudi Arabia’s ‘sport-washing’ techniques and referred to as on the British fighter to teach himself in regards to the points within the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia has gained of the worst LGBT rights document on the planet and executed 149 folks final yr, a lot of them publicly, rating third on the planet behind solely China and Iran.
‘I just came here for the boxing opportunity. I feel like taking boxing global is what a world champion or challenger should be doing. You fight around the world,’ Joshua insisted when confronted with Saudi Arabia’s human rights document.
‘I try and bring positivity and light where ever I go. I just feel I’ve obtained a combat to give attention to – for the longer term possibly I can bear a distinct form of flag, however on the minute it’s the world championship flag I’m attempting to bear.’