US boxing capital is CHEAPER weekend than a trip to the Middle East
Boxing-mad Brits could spend as much as £1,000 more watching Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia than they would in Las Vegas, new research from betting aggregator BonusCodeBets.co.uk has found.
The British heavyweight will be fired up to get revenge on champ Andy Ruiz after a shock defeat in June.
But as hordes of British boxing lovers arrive in the city of Riyadh this week for the highly anticipated fight, it’s the fans that may feel out for the count after a financially-crippling trip.
Research has shown that the total cost of a three-day weekend (December 6-9) in the Middle East could work out to as much as £2,380.
Compared to the same weekend in Las Vegas costing just £1,127.
Looking at direct return flights from London through British Airways, the cheapest to Riyadh was £669 compared to £491 to Las Vegas if you booked on September 2nd.
Though if you booked on October 15th, the flight to Riyadh would have been a whopping £1,678 compared to £655 to Vegas and in early November it was £964 compared to £778 to Sin City.
If you booked today however, it would cost a staggering £1486 at its cheapest for a return trip to Riyadh compared to just £899 to Vegas.
A three-night stay at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel for the same dates adds up to £551. At the Las Vegas Marriott, the stay equates to £357.
As for living costs, an average meal may be roughly half the price in Riyadh than Las Vegas at £11 compared to £22.50 – however a cappuccino (£2.70 to £3.10) and some brands of cigarettes (Marlboro £5.50 to £6.50) remain only slightly cheaper.
For Brits expecting a booze up in Saudi Arabia, alcohol is banned so that could save a few pennies – but that money could quickly disappear with a VISA fee of £95 to enter the country, as opposed to £9 for an ESTA to visit the USA.
Not to mention that tickets for the all-star ‘Clash on the Dunes’ vary in price from £65 – £10,500.
A spokesperson for BonusCodeBets said: “Watching one of the biggest, if not the biggest fight, in Saudi Arabia will be a once in a lifetime experience for British boxing fans.
“However, as our research shows, only dedicated AJ fans have gone to Riyadh at these prices. Though we’re sure it’ll be a night to remember if the British heavyweight can get his redemption and bring the belts back to the UK.”
*All information has been taken from public websites and readily-available sources
*Flight prices have been calculated from three dates in September, October and November