Following on from the Tyson Fury-Francis Ngannou heavyweight card in Saudi Arabia last month, the Kingdom is poised to host a similar attraction on December 23 with Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder both set to feature.
And now it seems yet another contender has been added to the mammoth event.
Fury and Ngannou fought to a split decision, topping a bill that featured heavyweight showdowns involving Martin Bakole, Joseph Parker, Arslanbek Makhmudov and Fabio Wardley.
Trainer of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Eddy Reynoso, has revealed that undefeated Cuban heavyweight, Frank Sanchez, is in preparation for a bout on the same night.
He shared a photo of ‘The Cuban Flash’ on Instagram in training with the caption ’12/23 Arabia’, later posting another clip tagging Turki Alalshikh, the Chairman of General Authority for Entertainment in Saudi Arabia.
‼️ Eddy Reynoso seemingly confirming reports that Frank Sanchez will feature on the proposed Dec 23 card in Saudi Arabia pic.twitter.com/Vw3YguGJ1G
— EverythingBoxing (@EverythingBoxi2) November 13, 2023
The 31-year-old has sixteen knockouts on his twenty-three fight unbeaten record, including a standout win over Efe Ajagba back in 2021.
However, despite being ranked as the world #3 with the WBO and #4 with the WBC, Sanchez remains untested against the cream of the crop in the division, although that appears to be through no fault of his own.
Sanchez has been pursuing Tyson Fury for a couple of years now, telling ‘The Gypsy King’ that he has ‘no boxing skills’ and that he would knock him out ‘easily.’ He has also claimed to be avoided by up-and-comer Jared Anderson.
Should Sanchez be victorious in the Middle East, he can expect a move further up the WBC rankings and a potential world title shot in the not too distant future. As of writing, there has been no official confirmation or mention of potential opponents.