Peter Fury questions Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr rematch location

Boxing trainer Peter Fury has questioned Anthony Joshua’s decision to stage his world title rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia.

Fury travelled to the region last month, overseeing his son Hughie’s victory over Samuel Peter at the King Abdullah Sports City, and has since expressed concern about the need to fight in the country.

Asked why Joshua would head to Saudi Arabia, Fury told Sky Sports: “What’s to prove? We’ve gone abroad, because we’re not bothered about going abroad, and we’ve had to do it anyway.

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“If I would have had a choice, and every time I’ve come out, I’ve had 100,000 fans here, I’m going nowhere. Why go, when it’s all here?

“I would want it here, I’d remain here. I’d say ‘That’s it, call me whatever you want, I’ll stay here.”


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2/11 10. Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2)

3/11 9. Juan Francisco Estrada (39-3-0)

4/11 8. Mikey Garcia (39-1-0)

5/11 7. Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1)

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8/11 4. Naoya Inoue (18-0-0)

9/11 3. Terence Crawford (35-0-0)

10/11 2. Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2)

11/11 1. Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1-0)

Fury also revealed how Hughie, who is currently preparing for a fight with Alexander Povetkin later this month, needed time to adjust to the extreme weather conditions in Saudi Arabia.

“You’ve got to go out there quite a bit beforehand, get used to the climate,” said Fury.

“Don’t start training outside, because there will be nothing left of you. Just go outside and have a walk in the evening when it cools down.

“Don’t stay in the hotel 24/7. Don’t go out of the hotel and go straight to the gym in the car.

“You need to feel the air and get used to it over a period of days.”

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