Those were the words of British heavyweight Anthony Joshua when asked about the controversy surrounding his world-title challenge against Oleksandr Usyk, which takes place this weekend in Saudi Arabia.
“That’s all I can really say,” the 32-year-old said at a media event in Jeddah on Monday. It’s been an incredible experience for me, I believe.
“I’ve been out with the people. Walking with the people. I’ve been in the local gym. I don’t really lock myself away. It’s been nice for me. I don’t really know what else I can say on that. I need to get the job done on Saturday.”
In recent years, the Kingdom has sought to host sporting and entertainment events in order to attract visitors and diversify its economy away from its reliance on oil.
However, Amnesty International has criticized the country’s “abysmal” human rights record.
The use of the death penalty for offenses not recognized as crimes under international law, as well as the ongoing conflict in Yemen, have all been raised as sources of concern.
Anthony Joshua will fight for the second time in Saudi Arabia, having defeated Andy Ruiz in the capital Riyadh in 2019.