The head of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn, plans that next year in Abu Dhabi (UAE) “his” stars will fight (in separate fights) – the absolute champion of super middleweight (up to 76.2 kg) Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and heavyweight (over 90.7 kg) Anthony Joshua. According to the functionary, if eminent boxers are not brought to the Middle East, love for boxing at the grassroots level cannot be instilled there.
“Everyone in the game for 2023: Canelo, Katie Taylor, Joshua. These are the stars you will see when you come to Abu Dhabi,” Hearn said on air.
off script at Dubai Eye. – You can talk about boxing in this region, but if you don’t bring stars there and inspire the next generation, I don’t think it will be possible to grow mass boxing there. However, now Arab boxers have a platform and the opportunity to participate in major shows in their country and region.”
To develop boxing in the region, one-off shows won’t work, Hearn said, “but if we can grow a star from the UAE, it will change the sport in the region forever.”
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Joshua has already fought twice in Saudi Arabia, and Canelo spent all his fights either in Mexico or in the USA.
Alvarez recently defended all of his super middleweight titles for the first time by outboxing Gennady Golovkin in a trilogy, and Joshua is now, after two consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk, trying to negotiate a fight with fellow countryman Tyson Fury for the WBC belt.