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Riyadh Season Goes Global: Crawford vs. Madrimov in Los Angeles

Riyadh Season Goes Global: Crawford vs. Madrimov in Los Angeles

Announced by His Excellency Turki Alalshikh, Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), on August 3rd, at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles, an exciting boxing match will take place where Terence Crawford will challenge Israil Madrimov for the WBA and WBO interim World Super-Welterweight title. This event is sponsored by Visit Saudi, MDL Beast, and Red Sea Global, and it’s promoted by Riyadh Season Card, Sela, League 1, and Matchroom Boxing, along with support from World Of Boxing, TGB Promotions, Golden Boy, Goldstar, Queensberry, Salita Promotions, and Warriors Boxing Promotions. 

Riyadh Season Goes Global: Crawford vs. Madrimov in Los Angeles

HE Turki Alalshikh said: “We are delighted for Riyadh Season to host its first overseas event in Los Angeles and this fight in the United States is a special one to mark this moment. We want to give people around the world the opportunity to enjoy their own Riyadh Season experience and this is exactly what we hope to achieve by staging this and also future events around the world.”


Eddie Hearn said: “This is a fantastic fight between a pound-for-pound great and one of the best World champions in the sport. Terence is a pound-for-pound great and continues to strive to be the very best, but in Israil, he meets a hungry champion that has no intention of relinquishing his title in his first defense – this promises to be one of the fights of the year. The undercard has to be one of if not the best we have ever seen for a US card – get ready for a huge night on August 3 in Los Angeles”.


Crawford, with a record of 40 wins and 31 knockouts, aims to become a champion in his fourth weight class by moving up to 154 pounds. He previously dominated the Welterweight division and became the undisputed champion at 147 pounds after a knockout victory over Errol Spence in Las Vegas. Having already achieved success in the Super-Lightweight and Lightweight divisions, Crawford is now focused on solidifying his legacy by winning titles in a fourth weight category.


Madrimov, with a record of 10 wins, 1 draw, and 7 knockouts, is the fighter who poses a challenge to Crawford. The Uzbek champion is defending his title for the first time against a strong opponent after winning it impressively in his last fight in Saudi Arabia. At 29 years old, he claimed the belt by defeating Magomed Kurbanov in Riyadh in March, stopping him in five rounds with a dominant performance. This victory added to his unbeaten record in professional boxing, following a successful career in amateur boxing.


“I’m proud to partner with Riyadh Season and HE Turki Alalshikh on their first boxing event in the United States. I cannot wait to get back in the ring in my fourth weight class and remind the world why I’m the best pound for pound fighter in the world,” said Terence Crawford. “Israil Madrimov is a tremendous and entertaining fighter, but on August 3, he will be my next victim. This is the Terence Crawford era.”

Terence Crawford is one of my favorite boxers and one of the best boxers in the world,” said Israil Madrimov. “I am very excited to get this opportunity to make a statement, and I will Inshallah.”


The big fight is supported by an exciting lineup of other matches that will entertain boxing fans.


Isaac Cruz, the new WBA Super-Lightweight champion, is defending his title against Jose Valenzuela, a southpaw from the United States, in his first title defense.


Two of the toughest heavyweight boxers from the United States will fight each other. Andy Ruiz, the former unified heavyweight champion, is making a comeback after his last win against Luis Ortiz in September 2022. He will face Jarrell Miller, who is eager to bounce back after losing his undefeated record in Riyadh in December last year.


Former Super-Welterweight world champion Tim Tszyu awaits Vergil Ortiz Jr, subject to the outcome of his fight against Thomas Dulorme this weekend, while David Morrell of Cuba will seek to preserve his unbeaten record in a Light Heavyweight contest against US fighter Radivoje Kalajdzic.


Tim Tszyu, a former world champion in the super-welterweight category, is waiting to face Vergil Ortiz Jr. This will depend on the result of Ortiz’s upcoming fight against Thomas Dulorme this weekend. Also, David Morrell from Cuba will try to keep his undefeated record intact as he takes on Radivoje Kalajdzic from the United States in a light heavyweight match.


Olympic gold medalist Andy Cruz is staying in the lightweight division by fighting against Mexico’s Antonio Moran.


Sean Gibbons from MP Promotions said, “It’s been nearly two years since Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz, the face of Mexico boxing, has had a fight in Los Angeles, but thanks to Turki Alalshikh, Isaac’s first world title defense will be a homecoming in front of the biggest Mexican fan base in the U.S.,” said Manny Pacquiao and Sean Gibbons of MP promotions, Cruz’s promoter.  “Isaac is going to light it up on August 3, just like he did on March 30, in Las Vegas, when he knocked out Rolly Romero to become world champion.  We are very proud that Isaac’s first title defense will be a feature bout on the first boxing event ever presented outside of Saudi Arabia by its general entertainment authority, chaired by Mr. Alalshikh. We would also like to thank our co promoter Tom Brown of TGB promotions for making this historic moment in Los Angeles.”


Tom Brown from TGB promotions said, “TGB Promotions is honored to be working with His Excellency, Turki Alalshikh. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made a major commitment to boxing and we are thrilled to be a part of this world class event in Los Angeles at BMO Stadium on August 3rd. LA has a historic reputation for being a great fight town with the greatest fans and some of the best, most memorable, all-action fights…Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz vs Jose “El Rayo” Valenzuela has the makings to be one of the greatest of them all.”


George Rose, CEO of No Limit Boxing stated that, “No Limit Boxing is delighted to be working with His Excellency, Turki Alalshikh on this historic Riyadh Season USA event on August 3.

Tim Tszyu is a modern day warrior, only taking the best and biggest fights in the Super-Welterweight division. He fears no man, walks towards the fire and will again show the world why he is on the path to greatness.”


Warriors Boxing represented by Leon Margules added that “Warriors Boxing and David Morrell are very excited to be part of the upcoming Riyadh Season USA Event. We would like to thank His Excellency Turki Alalshikh for making this spectacular Event happen. David Morrell is Boxing’s next superstar, and has proven to be the most avoided boxer in the sport. On August 3rd, David Morrell will begin his quest to conquer the light heavyweight division”.

Gold Star CEO, Spencer Brown said, “Another amazing Heavyweight clash put on by his Excellency Turki Alalshikh and the GEA. A Clash of 2 of the most exciting heavyweights in the world. I’m really looking forward to this fight with Andy Ruiz, making his anticipated comeback after nearly 2 years out of the ring. This former world champion is now looking to get back on top of the Heavyweight division again! Against a tough game, Jarrell, big baby Miller, coming off the back of a close defeat against Daniel Dubois! This is a top drawer exciting heavyweight clash With plenty of jeopardy! This is a must win fight for both fighters. We anticipate another fantastic Heavyweight Clash.”


Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Boxing Promotions and a 10-time World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, expressed his excitement about the upcoming event in Los Angeles supporting Riyadh Season. He mentioned that they are pleased to be part of this event, which promises to be exciting with many top fights. De La Hoya also mentioned that their collaboration with His Excellency aligns with Golden Boy’s commitment to delivering great fights. He believes that this partnership will lead to more exciting events in the future. If Vergil wins this Saturday, he will be ready for an exciting match against Tim Tszyu, making it a must-watch fight of the year.




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