Joshua looked set to rematch Ruiz Jr in Cardiff until the desert country swooped with a huge last-gasp offer
Eddie Hearn defends decision to hold Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia

Eddie Hearn defends decision to hold Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia

Eddie Hearn defends decision to hold Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia

Eddie Hearn defends decision to hold Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia

Eddie Hearn defends decision to hold Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia

Eddie Hearn defends decision to hold Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia
Eddie Hearn defends decision to hold Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia
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Eddie Hearn claims Canelo Alvarez, Deontay Wilder and boxing’s other big names will be drawn to Saudi Arabia by the riches on offer.

The Saudis are paying over £31million to stage the Clash on the Dunes in Diriyah between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz and Hearn claims this could be the first of many big fights here.

Joshuas’s promoter claims the Saudis are serious about rivalling Las Vegas as a global boxing venue and can see all the big names coming here.

“The bigger picture, who knows?” he said. “The people I’m dealing with I believe have very good intentions for the sport of boxing. They want the sport to develop in this territory.

Eddie Hearn with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia

“Sometimes you've got to look at the bigger picture and the last few days I've really been looking at this event, the venue, the graphics we’ve been putting out, thinking this is pretty mega.

“If they’re going to be investing this kind of money in the sport, we’ve got to be realists and say this is what’s going to happen.

“Everyone's coming - Canelo, Pacquiao, maybe Wilder - and they’re all coming for one reason - they want the money.”

Hearn has been criticised for coming to Saudi because of the country’s poor human rights record and he says he is a promoter rather than a politician.

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He claims Tyson Fury was not slated when he fought here in a WWE event a few weeks ago.

“Tyson Fury came here with WWE and no-one raised an eyebrow,” he said.

“I was driving around today and you see House of Fraser. You go into the mall and see Gucci, Chanel, even Starbucks, major corporations who are willing to trade here.

“I can’t sit here and say it has nothing to do with me, but the bottom line is, I’m not a politician.

“As ruthless as it is, I’ve got a job to do for my fighter. It doesn’t matter what I think, but I am happy and excited at how everything has gone.”

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Eddie Hearn defends decision to hold Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia

Kitchen worker who battled London Bridge terrorist with 5ft pole is pictured

Kitchen worker who battled London Bridge terrorist with 5ft pole is pictured

This is the heroic Polish kitchen worker who battled London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan with a 5ft pole as he launched his bloody knife attack.

Lukasz Koczocik, 38, grabbed the 5ft-long ceremonial pole from the walls of Fishmongers' Hall and tackled Khan during the attack last Friday.

Sadly, two former Cambridge university students died in the devastating attack  - Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25 - but witnesses say more people could have lost their lives if Mr Koczocik had not not stepped in to fight back.

Mr Koczocik had been washing glasses in the basement at the time and ran upstairs after hearing desperate screams coming from upstairs.

Polish kitchen worker Lukasz Koczocik, 38, has been hailed a hero after tackling London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan

The kitchen worker launched at the 28-year-old terrorist and thrust the pike into his chest to stall the attack, while a second hero grabbed a narwhal tusk from the walls as a weapon and a third used a fire extinguisher.

Mr Koczocik has since been praised by his boss for his bravery.

CEO of Fishmongers' Hall Commodore Toby Williamson told the BBC: "He's the guy who cleans the glasses down in the basement and that's exactly what he was doing when he hears this scream.

"The scream was so loud that, as a first aider, he makes a choice. He goes towards the trouble. He gets there on the first floor of the building just behind me and it's pretty clear that there's a bad guy.

Jack, from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, died in the attack
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"He's got two knives in his hands, there's blood, there's screams, there's chaos.

"Lukasz pulls off the wall this long stick, he charges towards the bad guy, and he impacts him on the chest and there's clearly something here that is protective and it doesn't make any sort of impact.

"But he's buying time. He allows others to escape, to move to adjacent rooms. At that point he's got about one-minute of one-on-one straight combat."

Usman Khan being interviewed for BBC's Midlands Today in 2008
Usman Khan being interviewed for BBC's Midlands Today in 2008

The attacker had managed to stab the hero kitchen worker four or five times in the left of his body, but despite being seriously injured, he refused to give up, Mr Williamson said.

The battle spilled out in to the main hall, where a conference organised by a University of Cambridge programme called Learning Together was being held.

Khan attempted to flee down the main staircase to the front-door when he realised the scale of numbers against him, MailOnline reports.

A doorman named Gary rushed to hold the door shut so that another worker, Dawn, could ring the emergency services and hit the alarms.

Khan then started to attack two cloakroom girls, named as Alla and Sandra, before stabbing a maintenance man named Andy, Mr Williamson said.

The attacker then managed to burst out of the hall onto London Bridge, but the CEO said Mr Koczocik still "lead the attack" against him, trying to restrain him.

Mr Koczocik shouted at members of the public to get back before collapsing to the floor from the blood loss as the battle continued onto the bridge.

Mr Williamson said that by this stage, Mr Koczocik's "job was done, the police are here and I think you've seen the rest on camera."

Dramatic footage which emerged soon after the attack showed the men armed with the tusk and the fire extinguisher bravely going after Khan and tackling him to the ground.

Khan, who was wearing a fake suicide west, was shot in the chest by armed police officers shortly afterwards.

Mr Koczocik, who was released from hospital on Saturday, is now being put forward for an official honour in Poland, acknowledging his 'courage'.

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Jeremy Corbyn waiting until General Election day to put up Christmas tree

Jeremy Corbyn waiting until General Election day to put up Christmas tree

Jeremy Corbyn will be waiting until December 12th before putting his Christmas Tree up, amid his "busy" election campaign - in case he needs it at Number 10.

The Labour leader teased he'd be waiting until the date of the General Election vote to decide when and where it goes.

The festive tree could be joining him at Downing Street if he wins the election, with results set to be announced in the early hours of December 13th.

Speaking on This Morning on Tuesday morning, the party leader shared his hopes to be voted Prime Minister as he battles against Conservative leader Boris Johnson and the other party candidates.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is waiting for the General Election to put his Christmas Tree up

Hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield brought the attention to Christmas and where he might be celebrating this year, depending on the result.

Holly then quizzed if he'd put his tree up, or if he was avoiding doing so until he knew where he'd be living in a few weeks time.

Jeremy laughed off her comments, before confessing he was likely to hold off until the result.

Holly Willoughby was keen to know Jeremy's Christmas tree plans
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Holly asked: "Have you got your tree up, or are you gonna wait in case you have to save it for Number 10?"

Jeremy replied: "Well... I think we'll probably put it up around the 12th."

Holly excitedly replied: "Ooh, so yes!"

Jeremy hopes to stay with Labour whatever the vote result

Jeremy added: "We'll put one up, yes. At the moment as you probably gather we're a bit busy."

Holly queried: "But where will it be?"

Phillip then turned the conversation to whether he'll remain with Labour if he doesn't win the election, to which he admitted he was "intending on winning".

He confirmed he did hope to remain Labour leader regardless of the result, keen to "carry out" change.

This Morning airs weekdays and Sundays at 10:30am on ITV.

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