Eddie Hearn has insisted the escalating religious feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran will not affect Anthony Joshua’s bid to win back his heavyweight world titles.
Joshua’s crunch rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr is due to take place in the desert in December but the region is on high alert following a drone attack on an oil facility earlier this month.
Last week air raid sirens were tested just 12 miles away from the town of Diriyah which will host the biggest fight of the year.
Hearn and Joshua have come in for criticism due to Saudi Arabia’s dreadful human rights record, including the stoning to death of homosexuals.
But Hearn said: “We contacted them and as far as we’re concerned it’s all systems go.
“It doesn’t affect the dynamics of the event, as long as everyone’s safe and happy. We were on a site visit last week with the international broadcasters and everyone was happy.
“The one thing is understanding the culture and what’s allowed, like whether we can have female presenters.
“Everyone has questions but once everyone goes and has the meetings they’re very comforted.”
Meanwhile, Hearn defended his decision to promote the rematch between YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul.
The social media influencers have been granted professional licences and will clash in Los Angeles on November 9 with world champion Billy Joe Saunders on the undercard.
And Hearn added: “They are fit, professionally trained and have done it before. There is an element of danger now because it is 10oz gloves and no headguard but I think that is where a lot of the interest comes from.
“People want to see someone knocked out but that’s we have made them undergo professional medicals and medically approved.”