Over 5,000 British boxing fans are expected to arrive Saudi Arabia for Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. on December 7.
The fans are said to have bought half of the 11,026 tickets available for the showdown already.
According to Saudi Press Agency, fans from 65 countries have bought tickets to watch the match that will hold at the edge of the Saudi capital of Riyadh, at the UNESCO heritage site in Diriyah.
Others have booked a 30,000-kilometer round-trip from Fiji.
“The matches in which Anthony Joshua participated achieved record sales around the world, whether in London or New York,”Frank Smith, CEO of Matchroom Boxing, said.
Joshua is aiming to regain the three world championship titles he lost during the June 1 fight against Ruiz in New York.
“I am confident I can be victorious and when I am I will tell everyone of how I went wrong,” Joshua told the BBC.
However, Ruiz has noted that he is feeling no pressure regarding the fight, as he believes his dreams have already come true.
“I have been enjoying life. This is just the beginning,” Ruiz also told BBC Sport.
“I am blessed with all that came my way.”
The Mexican-American believes Joshua is the one under fire, saying all eyes are on whether he will take back his titles or be defeated once again.
The 15,000-seat arena for the fight was built from scratch in under two months.
The bout will be staged at the edge of the Saudi capital of Riyadh at the UNESCO heritage site. The face-off has been tagged the “Clash on the Dunes”, and is expected to be written in history as one of the greatest.