August 20 rematch: AJ insists he likes  Saudi…

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August 20 rematch: AJ insists he likes  Saudi…

August 20 rematch: AJ insists he likes  Saudi…
 
Anthony has refused to criticise the Saudi regime despite the country facing mounting over its human rights record, saying he he ‘doesn’t know’ what sportswashing is.
Heayvweight star Joshua will looking to win back the WBA (), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight belts he lost to Oleksandr Usyk when he faces the Ukrainian boxer again at the Jeddah Super Dome on August 20.
Saudi has come into the spotlight of late after its heavy involvement in sport  with the Saudi-backed Investment Fund taking over Newcastle United, while they country has also staged Formula One races and backed a new LIV Golf series that has a huge stir within the sport.
Joshua is to regain his heavyweight after his unanimous decision to Usyk last year
The country’s regime has come under fire over their human rights record – as well as the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 – with many activists against Saudi Arabia hosting lucrative events such as Joshua’s world title fights.
When about the current situation in Saudi Arabia, Joshua was keen to keep his focus on his huge fight at the first conference and said he was just there to ‘have a good time, mix with the people and to Saudi Arabia’.
about the fight’s and the country’s human rights record, Joshua said: ‘I don’t know what that [sportswashing] is. I’m here to win the heavyweight champion of the world.
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‘I like Saudi. I think Saudi’s good. I’m having a good time here. I’m treated really well.
‘All that allegation stuff, for me, I’m not caught up in any of that stuff. I’m here to have a good time, mix with the local people, bring to Saudi.’
Joshua’s about the fight in Saudi Arabia come amid the surrounding the inaugural LIV Golf series event.
Players signing up to the LIV series have received and have been widely condemned because of the human rights abuses carried out by the Saudi regime, which is financing LIV to the tune of $2billion.

 

 

 

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