HRH Al-Faisal crowns British boxer Tommy Fury with the title “The Fight of Truth.”

  • March 1, 2023

HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SOPC), crowned British boxer Tommy Fury with the title “The Fight of Truth” in the Diriyah Arena. The event witnessed the attendance of spectators from inside and outside the Kingdom, including international athletes such as Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo from Alnasr Club, boxers Mike Tyson, Deontay Wilder, and Tyson Fury. After seven fights, Fury was crowned champion.


The “Fight of Truth” attracted excitement and rivalry, as it extended to eight complete rounds, with British Tommy Fury defeating his American opponent Jake Paul throughout the rounds of the fight.


The other seven fights started at eight in the evening yesterday. Four of them witnessed the brilliance of the Saudi boxers, who were met with a lot of excitement and encouragement from the fans present in the stands of the Diriyah Arena, as the Saudi boxer Ziyad Al-Majrashi opened the victories at the expense of his opponent Philip Kuansah—following Saudi female boxer Raghad Al-Nuaimi, who won her fight with a fatal triple kick against Perpetual Okida, and Saudi boxer Salman Hamada who doubled the joy with an early victory that did not exceed a few seconds from the start of the first round of his fight with his opponent Philip Samson. In an expected match between the Saudi professional boxer Ziyad Al-Mayouf and the Panamanian boxer Ronald Martinez, Al-Mayouf snatched the victory after a confrontation in which he faced a strong opponent who continued to resist until the last bell rang. The American boxer of Yemeni origins, Adam Saleh, defeated Stuart Kellogg in the 140-kilometre (lightweight) fight.


In addition, Swedish boxer Badu Jack achieved victory in the heavy-weight fight and won the World Boxing Council Cruiser Wight Championship title after defeating the Congolese champion Ilunga Makabu in a fight that extended to 12 rounds, to knock his opponent down by a knockout finally. Jordanian boxer Badr Al-Samreen beat his Romanian counterpart Viorel Simeon by knockout, and American Mohsen Casson defeated Azerbaijani Tariel Jafarov.


It is noteworthy that this global sporting event in boxing was not the first to be held in the Kingdom. The same ring had previously hosted the “Diriyah Circuit” in 2019, the great global fight, between British Anthony Joshua and his Mexican competitor Andy Ruiz, for the title of world heavyweight boxing championship, and the former regained the title after winning by a points difference in the presence of a large crowd. Meanwhile, the Jeddah governorate also held another fight at the same level of international fame last year, called the “Red Sea Battle”, where Anthony Joshua was brought together with Ukrainian Alexander Usyk, who ended up being crowned champion.