The world’s first Mike Tyson Boxing Gym will open in Saudi Arabia, as part of the Riyadh Season series of events.
Turki Al Alshikh, head of Riyadh Season, announced an agreement with award-winning boxing trainer Joe Gallagher to oversee the first Mike Tyson Boxing Gym.
The state-of-the-art facility will be built in Riyadh, as part of the Riyadh Season festival.
Riyadh Season will host the “Battle of the Baddest” WBC boxing bout between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou on October 28.
Al Alshikh said: “Entertainment is a universal language, transcending conventional barriers and in turn promotes inclusion by bringing people together around a shared experience and form of art. “That’s why we’ve made boxing such an integral part of Riyadh Season, and it’s why we’re proud to partner with Joe Gallagher on this exciting opportunity.
Riyadh Season signed the agreement with Gallagher to continue investing in boxing and entertainment in the Kingdom.
Gallagher will be responsible for managing and overseeing the world-first Mike Tyson Boxing Gym. The facility is scheduled to open next month with the remit of discovering and training a new generation of boxers. Former World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson will play an active role in managing the gym. Gallagher will be responsible for the development of teenage Saudi boxing star, Mohammad Al Aki.
Gallagher said: “It is great to be involved in such an exciting project in a growing market where boxing is really taking off. “The fact that Saudi Arabia has attracted such huge names as Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou to fight in Riyadh, and has worked with Mike Tyson to create the first gym with his name attached to it shows the commitment in putting Saudi Arabia among some of the top nations in terms of hosting events and building world-class facilities.”