Eddie Hearn responds to fears over women boxing on Anthony Joshua card in Saudi Arabia

Katie Taylor won a controversial majority decision against Delfine Persoon in Madison Square Garden in June (PA Images)
Katie Taylor won a controversial majority decision against Delfine Persoon in Madison Square Garden in June (PA Images)
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Promoter Eddie Hearn has responded to fears that female boxers will not be able to fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz which will take place in Saudi Arabia.

It was announced that the heavyweight clash will take place on December 7 in neutral territory as Joshua looks to avenge his defeat to the Mexican-American which he suffered in shocking fashion back in June.

And Hearn conceded that although the infrastructure is in place for the bout, there have not yet been discussions about the potential of having women's boxing - such as Matchroom's undisputed world champion Katie Taylor - on the undercard.

Speaking to iFLTV, Hearn said: "That hasn't even been discussed.

"That's a conversation to be had with event organisers in Saudi."

Katie Taylor won a controversial majority decision against Delfine Persoon in Madison Square Garden in June (PA Images)

However, the group managing director of Matchroom Sport was quick to shut down any fears people may have about women not being able to attend the event.

"There's change happening (in Saudi Arabia).

“People think you can’t get into Saudi Arabia, or that women aren’t welcome to the show. Men and women are welcome. If you buy a ticket you get an automatic visa, and it’s six hours away.

"The stuff that's way over my head I don't even want to talk about. What I do know is major events are being staged here and the logistics and set-up is absolutely first class."

Women's boxing is currently thriving in Britain as both Taylor and Nicola Adams hold world titles in their respective weight divisions.

Taylor is expected to box again in November, while Adams takes to the ring on September 27 at the Royal Albert Hall, with her opponent yet to be named.

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