Sportshour: Ruiz v Joshua II – is there appetite in the Middle East?

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The decision to stage the rematch in Saudi Arabia has been deemed as controversial.

The decision to hold the world heavyweight rematch between Anthony Joshua and current world champion, Andy Ruiz, in Saudi Arabia has drawn heavy criticism from human rights groups. Joshua suffered a shock defeat in New York earlier this year and the pair will step inside the ring on the 7th of December, this time in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyadh.

However, the middle east country’s “abysmal human rights record” has been called into question by Amnesty International UK, which urged Joshua to “inform himself of the human rights situation” ahead of the rematch. We hear from Allan Hogarth of Amnesty International and writer/broadcaster Steve Bunce.

Getting on a horse for some could be a daunting experience but for Guy Mitchell, his challenge as a jockey enters a whole new perspective.He rode into sporting history last month when he became the first person with one eye to ride in a British horse race. Guy explained to Caroline that he had this burning desire to continue the racing tradition within his family and whether he gets annoyed with all the attention he receives globally as he is often described as the jockey with one eye.

The 2019 Women’s European American Football Championships are being held in the UK for the first time, four teams will take part including the defending champions Finland, who won the 2015 tournament in Spain. One team who will be challenging for the title will be the hosts Great Britain who are also the number one ranked European team. Eloise Walsh is a member of the GB squad, she told Caroline how she went from a ballet dancer to a international American Football player.

England will be desperately looking to level the series in the second Test at Lords against Australia – after starring in England’s recent World Cup win, all-rounder Jofra Archer made his Test debut. We hear from someone who knows Archer very well, former England bowler and now head coach of the England Under 19 side Jon Lewis.

Picture – Ruiz defeats Joshua (Credit – Getty Images)