Boxing News At Five | Sep 05 2019

Boxing News at Five: Hearn wants Smith vs. Vargas, as well as Povetkin, in Saudi Arabia, WBC order Edwards vs. Martinez rematch

Liam Smith, Jessie Vargas and Alexander Povetkin could be set for Saudi Arabia trip in December, and Julio Cesar Martinez gets a second chance
Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua & Alexander Povetkin Press Conference  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

ALTHOUGH the main event between WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jnr and Anthony Joshua probably sells itself, promoter Eddie Hearn is working hard on a decent supporting cast to follow the two heavyweights to Saudi Arabia on December 7.

The event is still three months away, of course, but already there is talk of heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin making an appearance on the card and there is also the possibility top contenders Liam Smith and Jessie Vargas meet at super-welterweight.

Speaking in Diriyah, Hearn told Sky: “Liam Smith against Jessie Vargas is a fight that I’m looking at for this card.