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.
Saudi Arabia’s shameful humanitarian record is the root of most of the outrage and, without question, it’s a huge concern. All involved should tread very carefully. Boxing’s reputation does not need another pummelling.