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'Everyone's coming and they're all coming for one reason - they want the money': Eddie Hearn defends decision to take Anthony Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr to Saudi Arabia following 'sportswashing' accusations Anthony Joshua is set to fight Andy Ruiz Jr in a highly-anticipated rematch The bout, taking place in Saudi Arabia, will earn Joshua a huge £66million Eddie Hearn has defended decision to take the fight out to controversial venue Amnesty International claimed government is trying to 'sportswash' the country 

By Ben Nagle for MailOnline

Published: 13:24 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 13:26 GMT, 3 December 2019


Eddie Hearn has defended the decision to take Anthony Joshua's money-spinning rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr to Saudi Arabia, despite accusations of 'sportswashing' in the region.

Joshua is set to earn an eyewatering £66million for the fight, as revealed by Sportsmail, which is comfortably the biggest purse in British boxing history.

But it has not all been positive PR in the build-up to this Saturday's battle, with Amnesty International issuing a stinging statement this week, accusing the Saudi government of attempting to 'sportswash' the country's tarnished image.   

Anthony Joshua (left) poses with Eddie Hearn ahead of his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr

Anthony Joshua (left) poses with Eddie Hearn

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