High stakes Trump-Xi meeting set to loom over G-20 summit

Image: President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands after making joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Analysts warn an escalating U.S.-China trade war could hit the global economy and dent U.S. living standards, particularly among low-income households.

The developments are underpinned by a deep mutual mistrust between the nations, as well as U.S. criticism of Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile activities and support for proxies in various Middle East conflicts.

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz: British fighter made ‘drastic changes’ after June loss

Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua
Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua returned to New York for a news conference, where they fought in June

Britain’s Anthony Joshua says he has made “drastic” lifestyle changes since his shock defeat by Andy Ruiz in June.

The Kingdom has sought to stage sporting and entertainment events in a bid to attract visitors and move away from its oil-dependent economy.

Joshua said: “I have heard it [criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record] ever since the fight was announced. It’s a point of conversation but it’s a good thing that we are talking about it and they are acting on it to make a change.

“They are making good changes and after having these types of conversations, I start realising that yes, there is an issue there. My trips to the Middle East have been to Dubai and I have had fun. The reception has been good.”

Speaking to DAZN, promoter Eddie Hearn said: “We cannot ignore the potential for boxing in the Middle East. I think this is a changing of a guard in many respects. Every promoter in boxing tried to get to Saudi Arabia for a mega event.

“Not just Saudi but Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar will be bidding for fights in future. You either embrace the change or turn your back on it and be an idiot.”

McCracken ‘flack’ and no New York return

Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua
Promoter Eddie Hearn says big fights in the Middle East may become more common

Following the defeat at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Joshua said he favoured a return to the American city until the lucrative offer to bring the fight to Saudi Arabia was confirmed.

“It was part of the plan [to fight in New York again]. That was my preferred option,” Joshua said.

His shock defeat in June – the first of the Briton’s career – led to some calls for Joshua to part company with Robert McCracken, who has trained him since his teenage years.

“It was a pretty tough night,” McCracken said. “I don’t think Anthony was himself that night but that looks like an excuse as Ruiz was fantastic on the night. We know he will be better prepared.

“I took flack for the loss, I have no problem with that as the head coach. I wouldn’t have said do the rematch if I didn’t think Anthony could get his titles back. Anthony’s sole mission is the belts back.”

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June 2019