Tickets for the “Rage on the Red Sea” are now available with just one month to go, allowing boxing fans from all around the world to take part in boxing history. Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will square off on August 20 in the seaside city of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in one of the biggest Heavyweight rematches in the history of the sport.
The fight will be held indoors at King Abdullah Sports City Arena, a spectacular facility in Jeddah that has already played host to numerous international sporting and entertainment events, including football, WWE, and boxing.
Fight fans can purchase tickets starting at SAR375 by visiting Hala Yalla (www.halayalla.com/sa-en/tickets/rage-on-the-red-sea). Fans should contact Visit Saudi (www.visa.visit saudi.com) for information on how to apply for a VISA.
Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of SCEE: “We’re one month from one of the biggest sporting moments in our country and today, we invite fans from Saudi Arabia and around the world to witness history. The ‘Rage on the Red Sea’ headlines a dramatic night of World Championship boxing and an evening to remember forever. We’re proud to secure this event for our country as it continues its incredible transformation, inspiring our people to participate in sport and lead happy and healthy lives.”
Usyk’s WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts will be on the line in the “Rage on the Red Sea,” a Heavyweight fight that will define his career. In front of more than 60,000 spectators at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, on a remarkable occasion in boxing’s premier division, Usyk defeated Joshua in September 2021 to claim the title of Heavyweight king.
Usyk said: “I am working hard in my training camp to be in the best shape possible for the rematch. With the help of the Lord, I will overcome the biggest challenges to make it happen. I want the crowd to be excited with the fight, I want them to remember it for a lifetime.”
Joshua added: “August 20 is set to be an unbelievable night of Championship level boxing. For any sports fan, this is not to be missed, it has all the ingredients to go down in boxing history. Locally I know that boxing has grown massively and it was great to see thousands of people come to Riyadh for the ‘Clash on the Dunes’. I am hoping to see even more in Jeddah in a few weeks’ time.”
Saudi Arabia, which has recently emerged as one of the nations experiencing the quickest growth in terms of global sport, is currently hosting the most recent international sporting event, “Rage on the Red Sea.” Male and female boxers have increased by almost 300 percent in the Kingdom since Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.’s “Clash on the Dunes” in 2019, and there are now 59 boxing gyms, up from seven before. The Saudi Boxing Federation wants to motivate 500,000 people in the next four years to take up boxing as part of the nation’s efforts to make its citizens active and involved in sport.
The match is Joshua’s second in Saudi Arabia and comes nearly three years after the historic “Clash on the Dunes” in Diriyah, where Joshua defeated Ruiz Jr. to recapture his Heavyweight titles. It is sponsored by HRH Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and supports the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals.
In order to change the Kingdom for a post-hydrocarbon era, Vision 2030 seeks to enhance the quality of life for both citizens and guests of the Kingdom by creating a lively environment for participation and spectatorship in sports and entertainment. With higher participation rates, investments in elite athletes, a year-round sporting calendar, and a quickly expanding commercial sector to support this infrastructure, the country has become one of the world’s fastest growing sports nations.