Jose Mourinho had he not been appointed manager of Tottenham Hotspur late last month , Jose Mourinho would most likely be in Saudi Arabia this weekend , taking in a bit of history.
The Spurs manager, a boxing fan, said on Friday that he was given a special invitation to attend “ Clash on the Dunes ” in Diriyah on Saturday night , when Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua go head – to -head in their world heavyweight title rematch.
Joshua will attempt to reclaim the WBA , IBF and WBO belts he lost in a shock defeat to Ruiz in New York on June 1 – labelled one of the greatest shocks in boxing history.
Yet Mourinho won ’ t be there to see how it all unfolds .
The Portuguese manager took the Spurs reigns on November 20 following Mauricio Pochettino ’ s sacking the previous day, and therefore will instead by looking to guide his new side to a bounce- back victory against Burnley at home .
Mourinho suffered his first defeat as Tottenham manager on Wednesday , losing 2 – 1 to former employers Manchester United .
Asked on Friday if he thought Joshua could win back his belts in Saudi , Mourinho, who was at the O 2 Arena in 2016 to see the Olympic champion triumph against Charles Martin , said , “ That’ s the only bad thing for me in getting the job at Tottenham that I’ m not going to be there.
I was invited by the Prince to be there , but I prefer to be in the match against Burnley. ”
Pushed as to whether he expected a Joshua victory , Mourinho replied, “ I’ m not an expert .
I just love the sport .
I like Anthony very much because he ’ s a great kid and I hope he wins.
But in sport you can lose . So let’ s see . ”
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