Saudi Arabia’s significant investment in boxing has transformed the sport, hosting high-profile fights and offering lucrative paydays to fighters.

This has resolved past issues of financial constraints hindering big matches. However, concerns arise over the neglect of female boxing and the “flat” atmosphere at Saudi events.

The influence of Turki Alalshikh, backed by the nation’s wealth, has unified rival promoters and facilitated major fights.

Yet, uncertainties remain regarding the long-term impact and whether it addresses criticisms of human rights violations.

Despite this, plans for events in Los Angeles and Wembley Stadium suggest efforts to diversify Saudi’s image and potentially expand boxing’s reach.

(Adapted from BBC Sports)

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