Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…
Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua wished each other good luck ahead of their respective bouts in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Having finished their open workout on Tuesday, the two Brits bumped into each other and shared a friendly embrace, with Whyte telling Joshua to ignore the critics.
“Good luck Bruv, don’t listen to no one!” the ‘Body Snatcher’, who is in the Kingdom to take on towering former world title challenger Mariusz Wach, said.
“You as well, bring it back,” Joshua replied.
Setting and match
At a press conference in Saudi Arabia, Eddie Hearn explained how the decision to stage the Andy Ruiz v Anthony Joshua rematch came about.
The heavyweight showdown will take place in the newly-constructed Diriyah Arena on Saturday.
Having been beaten in New York’s Madison Square Garden, there was speculation the rematch would be in either the UK or back in the Big Apple.
However, speaking at the final press conference, Hearn said he is delighted at where the clash will be staged.
“We were very close to going to Cardiff and were close to going back to Madison Square Garden and we even looked at Mexico,” he said.
“But we made the decision that the UK was the choice when all of a sudden I got a message saying Prince Khalid would like to speak to me about staging this historic event.
“I think it’s fair to say I was quite rude at first and told him not to waste our time.
“But the passion of this man to bring the fight to Saudi Arabia was unquestionable and in four of five days we agreed to bring the fight here.
“It was a wonderful decision.”
Work or pleasure?
Is Marcos Maidana preparing for a comeback or simply staying fit?
A clip has emerged of the former two division world champion hitting the speed ball in the gym.
Maidana has not been in the ring since he lost in a rematch with Floyd Mayweather in September 2014.
The Argentine, who has also fought Amir Khan and Adrien Broner, announced this month, his intentions to return and sign a deal with Premier Boxing Champions to face Jorge ‘Acero’ Cali, but it remains to be seen if this will happen following several comeback rumours.
Marcos Maidana back in the gym pic.twitter.com/OmuB0dN3bj
— Boxing News (@BoxingNewsED) December 4, 2019
Dillian Whyte’s brother Dean was one of several passengers who helped stop a man from opening a door on a plane mid-flight on Monday.
The scary ordeal on a British Airways flight to Saudi Arabia is believed to have begun when the man started to have a panic attack and attempted to force a door at the rear of the aircraft open.
Alerted to the incident, 6ft 7in Dean rushed over from his seat in economy, report The Guardian, to be of assistance to the cabin crew. He is alleged to have grabbed the man in a bear hug and pulled him away while repeatedly telling him, ‘calm down, bruv’.