The combat is because of be held in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyadh, on December 7.
“We had approaches from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi,” Hearn informed a media convention in London, explaining the choice to stage the combat In Riyadh.
“We wished to go someplace that believed within the sport of boxing, which had a imaginative and prescient. We already knew Saudi Arabia was for actual and knew they have been investing within the sport of boxing. That was crucial for us.”
“It is more likely to be yet one more alternative for the Saudi authorities to attempt to ‘sportswash’ their severely tarnished picture,” stated Felix Jakens, Amnesty Worldwide UK’s Head of Campaigns.
Hearn additionally believes the nation’s rising inhabitants — over 34 million — may give boxing a platform to succeed in new ranges of recognition.
“If Saudi Arabia goes to put money into these fights, with the inhabitants they’ve, with the potential to develop the game of boxing, you may be seeing a giant change within the dynamics of the game, which actually excites me,” Hearn added.
CNN has reached out to Saudi Arabian authorities officers however has but to obtain a reply.
On Wednesday, a video on social media appeared to point out Ruiz Jr. dismissing the combat could be held in Saudi Arabia and a broadly reported tv look later added to the confusion.
“I’ve not signed something but, we’re negotiating all the pieces,” he informed ESPN in Mexico, earlier than stating he would favor the rematch to happen in New York.
Nonetheless, Hearn stated that each fighters have signed the contract and confirmed the combat would go forward.
Ruiz, who was born in California however has Mexican mother and father, had made requires the rematch to be held in Tijuana the place he made his skilled debut in 2009.
The Principality Stadium in Wales — the positioning of two skilled victories for Joshua — had beforehand been considered the probably website for the combat.
“Ruiz had a moan concerning the UK,” added Hearn. “We stated: there’s your impartial venue.”