Discussion in 'British Boxing Forum' started by Degale, Aug 13, 2019.
Yes, on behalf of AJ and all the Saudi Princes - a big shout out to Eddie.
I don't remember so much negativity for the WBSS held in Saudi.
Considering the 'Rumble in the Jungle' is celebrated so much people seem to forget Zaire was ruled by a brutal dictator.
Eddie's riled you up, eh? You really are a sensitive fellow.
No Alcohol, no women, hahahahahahahahaha, all you are left with is a boxing match, ahahahahahaha
where is the fun in that?
Yeah but that was before Political Correctness.
I feel for the people that wanted to go, but it's better than silly o'clock in America.
Nothing to do with money, it's his obligation to spread boxing around the world.
Wembley is dog **** as well for boxing, AJ looked about 10mm in the ring so I watched the big screen but because it was that far away it only looked 100mm. To top it off it was a nightmare to get out of after the fight so we climbed over a security fence and escaped through a construction site.
Saudi Arabia is great, I mean they did Guetta, wrestling and they also did 9/11........
There are 1000s of people in the UK that had no intention of going to the fight absolutely losing their mind that the fight is in Saudi. For the average person, the fight being where it is works out a lot better than if it was in the US (time wise). If you weren't going to attend the fight then who gives a fcuk.
The British newspaper boxing press do seem to be going in on this "human rights" angle.
I think it's quite funny Eddie Hearn weighing in on how Saudi is "changing, and changing fast".
Eddie might have bitten more off than he can chew here. Time to do some reading up on it, eh Eddie ?
Even Amir Khan's come out in the last couple of days saying, "I got away with it because I'm muslim". Which, for him, is quite astute.
This is BY FAR the biggest boxing match Saudi has ever had, IF it goes ahead.
And Joshua is a "national treasure" with a squeaky clean image and he's known for fighting in the UK, a make-or-break fight for him, so the coverage of this and all the negativity isn't going away.
I can just imagine Eddie "The Infidel" Hearn sweating this out, hoping another Saudi journalist doesn't get murdered by the regime close to fight week, or that the atrocities happening in Yemen don't get top of the news again for a long while .......
To be fair, some people when we went stayed outside of the city regards hotels and trained / taxied it in.
It's not just alcohol though is it. I'm sure one of Groves team said they weren't allowed to wear shorts when they were there for the Eubank fight.
A quick google search shows that you can wear shorts but they must be below the knees! FFS lol
I wouldn't want to go there myself.
I'm less bothered about the attending fans, more bothered that boxing is playing second fiddle to the 'event' ... again.
No lessons learned from the first fight when the desperation to 'sell' AJ in the states led to them overlooking their opponent. I wouldn't want Joshua to actually lose, but I think it's pretty important that Hearn gets taken down a peg or two.
I don't think people forget about it, I think it's more the fact it happened decades ago and nothing can now be done about it.
Hosting an event of this magnitude in a country that treats women the way it does, in a country where you can be tortured by the state for being gay, in a country currently causing genocide in Yemen is as morally bankrupt as you can get. People can try and defend it with the usual whataboutery but facts are facts. It's a vile state and there is no coherent argument to host this fight there. The WBSS shouldn't have been there either.
The WWE has faced A TON of backlash for their events in Saudi before anyone pretends this is a Hearn only thing. **** all involved. This is an insult to fans of the sport on so many levels.