Usyk vs. Joshua 2 LIVE: stream, latest updates and how to watch tonight’s fight

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in a tense duel before the fight against Saudi Arabia

The biggest boxing match of the year is here. In the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah, Anthony Joshua will look to regain his heavyweight titles in a main event duel with Oleksandr Usyk, the man who dethroned the Brit almost a year ago.

Last September, Usyk was a unanimous winner against Joshua at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London. The win kept the 35-year-old Ukrainian undefeated and crowned him the two-weight world champion after being the only undisputed cruiserweight champion of the four-belt era. Joshua, 32, quickly activated a rematch clause and that second clash with Usyk was set to take place earlier this year. However, Usyk returned to Ukraine to help defend his country against the ongoing Russian invasion.

Eventually, Usyk left his home country to begin preparations for a rematch with Joshua, who is bent on becoming a three-time world heavyweight champion. The Briton had previously lost the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts with a surprise TKO loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019 before regaining them six months later by showing the Mexican in Saudi Arabia . Can ‘AJ’ repeat that feat and keep alive hopes of an undisputed title fight with compatriot Tyson Fury? Follow live updates and results from all undercard fights and the main event below:

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“The selection process for Joshua’s new coach, which took the Briton across the pond, has sparked speculation and intrigue in equal measure. It became arguably the strangest rematch build-up narrative. Eventually, Robert Garcia became the latest addition to Joshua’s team, the man tasked with reversing the outcome of last year’s showdown in London and doing what no manager has done before: finding a way past Usyk.

“After Joshua’s longtime coach Rob McCracken retired from the 32-year-old’s coaching staff, Angel Fernandez will take on a more prominent role alongside Garcia.

“But make no mistake, any credit or blame for the outcome of Joshua’s rematch with Usyk will rest on Garcia’s and Joshua’s shoulders, much more than Fernandez’s.”

A look at Joshua’s possible game plan(s) for tonight and why they could all be bad…:

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“When Joshua and Usyk met in north London last September, it lacked the exotic but it was a fight full of surprises. Usyk had it easy far too often and Joshua missed so many laps it was a shock. Usyk admitted a few weeks ago that it was a tough fight and that he suffered from the win. His face was badly bruised and bruised. It wasn’t the easy boxing lesson that too many insist on in our bitter game.

“In the loss, Joshua changed coaches and he has since shared some of the confusion he heard returning to the corner on the night. He left the ring defeated, his face covered in blood, and told Eddie Hearn, his promoter, that he wanted a rematch. The pair were deep in conversation on the way back to the dressing room, walking through thousands, the flashes of phones illuminating their retreat.

“Joshua was too passive; that’s his redemption out here on the Red Sea. In boxing history there is no place for the story behind a defeat, no time for a catalog of mistakes. Nobody cares – he has to make amends in Saudi Arabia.”

Full fight preview by Steve Bunce:

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We had a series of previews of Joshua vs. Usyk this week – from columnist Steve Bunce, assistant sports editor Jack Rathborn and martial arts correspondent Alex Pattle.

We’ll share them all here for your reading pleasure later this afternoon as we prepare for the biggest fight of the year.

First off, here’s Jack Rathborn, who charmed Usyk in his native Ukraine earlier this year as the champion helped defend his nation against the ongoing Russian invasion:

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The biggest boxing match of the year is here. In the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah, Anthony Joshua will look to regain his heavyweight titles in a main event duel with Oleksandr Usyk, the man who dethroned the Brit almost a year ago.

Last September, Usyk was a unanimous winner against Joshua at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London. The win kept the 35-year-old Ukrainian undefeated and crowned him the two-weight world champion after being the only undisputed cruiserweight champion of the four-belt era. Joshua, 32, quickly activated a rematch clause and that second clash with Usyk was set to take place earlier this year. However, Usyk returned to Ukraine to help defend his country against the ongoing Russian invasion.

Eventually, Usyk left his home country to begin preparations for a rematch with Joshua, who is bent on becoming a three-time world heavyweight champion. The Briton had previously lost the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts with a surprise TKO loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019 before regaining them six months later by showing the Mexican in Saudi Arabia . Can ‘AJ’ repeat that feat and keep alive hopes of an undisputed title fight with compatriot Tyson Fury? Follow live updates and results from all undercard fights and the main event here.

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