Carl Froch Criticizes Atmosphere At Saudi Boxing Fights

Carl Froch is unhappy with the atmosphere generated by Saudi Arabia’s boxing fights.

The Saudis are putting on the biggest fights. The Undisputed Heavyweight Championship fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk occurred on May 18. The rematch has also been scheduled for December 21. There is also the Undisputed Light Heavyweight fight on October 12. Artur Beterbiev takes on Dmitry Bivol in a battle of two undefeated fighters.

However, the recent five vs. five event, headlined by Deontay Wilder and Zhilei Zhang, was questioned by the poor atmosphere. By the time the main event began, the stadium was not at full capacity. That could have been down due to the late timing of the main event, which ran into the early hours of the morning. However, Froch put it down to the poor atmosphere.

“I’ve been to Saudi Arabia, the atmosphere every single time I’ve been there has been really poor. I enjoyed the 5v5, some great fights – somebody’s falling asleep at ringside. Other people are on their phones when the action’s kicking off. The [Filip] Hrgovic-[Daniel] Dubois fight was great – nobody was interested. There was a few British fans in the background out of their seats. But everybody ringside, it doesn’t lift the fighters and it’s bad for the sport. It’s a real shame,” Froch said

The Kingdom has plans for further events outside of Saudi Arabia. A US card has been set for August 3, headlined by Terence Crawford vs. Israil Madrimov. There are also plans for a Wembley card in September, which could feature Anthony Joshua vs. Daniel Dubois. While the atmosphere may not be comparable to the US and the UK, fans still get the biggest fights.


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