Editor's letter | Highlight 1 | Issue | Premium | Aug 13 2019

Anthony Joshua and the sport of boxing put their reputations on the line

Matt Christie gives his verdict on Anthony Joshua's controversial decision
Anthony Joshua
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IF there were any lingering doubts that boxing is a business first and a sport second, the announcement that Saudi Arabia will host the Andy Ruiz Jnr-Anthony Joshua rematch on December 7 should dispel them.

Though the news triggered pandemonium of the social media variety last week, it really should be no surprise that this has happened – we’ve been told for several years that it was only a matter of time before a fight of this magnitude would be bankrolled by the bottomless pockets of the moneymen in the Middle East.

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