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Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

  1. Whoops…

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport in Riyadh

    I just took a seat reserved for Saudi‘s elite figures. I was swiftly moved on. Not the place to sit down in jeans and trainers.

  2. ‘I just want to do the job’ – Joshua

    Anthony Joshua is probably 10 minutes from weighing in.

    He’s had a ‘strictly business’ aura about him all week.

    There have been whispers he was a bit fed up with the distractions in his life and the need to put on a show for the masses. As he told BBC Sport editor Dan Roan, his goal is simple this time.

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    Video caption: ‘I just want to do a job’ – Joshua on fighting in Saudi Arabia
  3. A healthy turnout

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport in Riyadh

    So the current scene is nice and lively. There were fears thing may be a touch flat.

    I would say around 400-500 people are here surrounding the stage. There are a few flags, some booming tunes and not an ale in sight.

    Go grab yourself a fizzy pop and turn the tunes up on your headphones and it will feel like you’re with us.

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  4. Mexico makes it to Saudi…

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport in Riyadh

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    Queretaro, Mexico to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    That’s the journey these guys have made.

    “The tickets were easy. It’s the visas that were a problem,” they explain.

    “Ruiz now is the big hero. More than Canelo in our country as he’s humble.”

    They go on to explain that boxing and football are ways of life in their homeland. Little wonder then that Ruiz has seen his life change so dramatically.

  5. Weighing in…

    • Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua (WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles) – ring walks expected at 21:00 GMT
    • Alexander Povetkin v Michael Hunter (WBA world heavyweight title eliminator)
    • Dillian Whyte v Mariusz Wach (non-title heavyweight fight)
    • Filip Hrgovic v Eric Molina (WBC international heavyweight title)
    • Mahammadrasul Majidov v Tom Little (non-title heavyweight fight)

    Joshua v Ruiz Jr rematch: You can listen to BBC Radio 5 Live commentary from 20:00 GMT and follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app from 18:00 GMT.

  6. Dan Roan

    BBC Sports editor

    Some will see Joshua as naive when he says he would “definitely be bothered” if he was being used to help improve the image of this country, and point to the £60m he is expected to earn from being here.

    Others say it is unfair to expect boxing to turn down Saudi Arabia’s staggering riches when the British government has been happy to sell billions of pounds worth of arms to the country in recent years.

    Promoter Eddie Hearn took a different approach when asked to defend being here ahead of more established boxing venues, insisting others will come regardless, and that the risks boxers take mean they must be expected to accept such lucrative offers from the world’s leading oil-exporter.

    Read Dan’s full correspondent piece here