SKY SPORTS pundits expressed their fears on the ring canvas ahead of Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk.

And during the clash itself, towels had to be used to mop it up to keep the fighters from slipping.


Zhilei Zhang slipped on the canvas during his clash with Filip HrgovicCredit: Reuters
The canvas of the King Abdullah International Stadium has wreaked havoc


The canvas of the King Abdullah International Stadium has wreaked havocCredit: GETTY

The ring floor at King Abdullah International Stadium was drenched in sweat during Filip Hrgovic’s heavyweight clash with Zhilei Zhang on the undercard.

And the amount of liquid on the floor has raised serious concerns ahead of AJ’s rematch with unified heavyweight champion Usyk.

Commentator Adam Smith: “They have to sort the canvas for what comes next, it’s really bad.”

Matthew Macklin chimed in: ‘It’s dangerous in there, you could slip on a shot’

Smith then said, “”Can they sort the web please?”

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Boxing fans have also expressed their concerns. with one saying, “The canvas absorbs the sweat of the referees.”

Another said: “This canvas – the sweat stops playing.”

And another said: ‘So are we going to see Usyk and Joshua sliding down that sweaty canvas?

One remarked, “The canvas in the ring is absolute ass. The logos cause the slippage, sweat is a factor as well, but it’s mostly the logos.”


Another added: “Slip ring webs are a problem on too many occasions.

“If the fighters have oil/grease on their body and they are sweating it is impossible to remove. OU and AJ will now slip too!”

SunSport’s Wally Downes Jr was on the scene and said: “Ringcraft’s Mike Goodall was in the ring trying to sort out the canvas during the Saudi anthem.

“He and his company do all the rings all over the country and built this one.

“I don’t know what caused it, but if a fighter has oil or Vaseline on when and it gets mixed in with sweat, it can be a nightmare to clean up.

“Can’t just be dried with grease or oil on it. Fuck usyk footwork.”


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