Riyadh Season is going Stateside with title bout planned for Los Angeles

Riyadh Season is going Stateside with title bout planned for Los Angeles

Title boxing championship, 'Riyadh Season Card' will be the first season event to be held outside of the Kingdom
25 April 24
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Riyadh Season stands as one of the Kingdom's most cherished and anticipated festivals, offering a vibrant tapestry of culture, entertainment, music, and family-friendly events.

More recently, this celebration has evolved into a hub for high-octane sporting events, drawing international participants and spectators alike.

And now one of the epic Riyadh Season events is going international, more specifically to the United States.

Riyadh Season Goes to LA: What We Know So Far

Event Name: Riyadh Season Card
When: August 3, 2024
Where: BMO Stadium, Los Angeles, USA
Who: Terence 'Bud' Crawford vs. Israil Madrimov
Title: WBA & WBO Titles for World Championship for Super-Welterweight

A title bout will take place between Undisputed Welterweight Champion, American Terence 'Bud' Crawford and WBA Super-Welterweight Champion, Israil Madrimov from Uzbekistan, where both men will fight for the coveted double title of WBA and WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion.

The undercard is also equally impressive with five head-to-head bouts to take place on the same night.

Riyadh Season Card will be presented and sponsored by Visit Saudi, Red Sea Global, and MDLBEAST, and will be promoted by Riyadh Season, Sela, League 1, and Matchroom Boxing.

The Low Down on Riyadh Season

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Riyadh Season 2023 began on October 28 with a world-class opening ceremony followed by the epic showdown between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou in the Battle of the Baddest title bout. (Spoiler alert: after ten impressive rounds, Fury was declared the winner and retained his title of undefeated champion, a split decision by a panel of side-line judges).

The 2023 edition of Riyadh Season concluded in mid-March after an extended run which spanned more than five months. While some zones have bid farewell to visitors until the next season begins later this year, Riyadh still has a lineup of sporting events scheduled throughout the summer months under the banner of Riyadh Season.

A Record Breaking Riyadh Season

Initially it was estimated that Riyadh Season 2023 would see 12 million visitors upon its close, however this figure was achieved within the first two months of the season's opening. Within the first week of opening, more than one million visitors from near and far had attended Riyadh Season. And, by February, the GEA confirmed that the visitor numbers had hit 18 million visits.

Riyadh Season 2023 officially came to a close in mid-March with visitor numbers hitting 20 million, exceeding projected visitor numbers by millions.

Turki Alalsheikh, Chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has played a major role in increasing the international reach of the event, and elevating the expectations of annual celebration. And, it was Alasheikh who confirmed that Riyadh Season 2023 had reached a milestone and record breaking figure.

Watch the Announcement

The event was announced in New York and live streamed by Matchroom Boxing, take a look below:

Lead image depicts fight night for Knock Out Chaos as part of Riyadh Season at the Kingdom Arena