Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will share the ring again this month as the heavyweights take on the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles in Saudi Arabia.
The pair’s rematch comes 11 months after their first meeting, which saw Usyk comprehensively pass Joshua in the Brit’s own backyard and take the belt from “AJ” at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Now Joshua, 32, will be looking to regain the title for the second time in his career when he meets the undefeated Ukrainian in Jeddah. In 2019, Joshua lost the belts to Andy Ruiz Jr. in an injury loss at Madison Square Garden in New York City before avenging that result with a decision win over the Mexican in Saudi Arabia later that year.
Can Joshua repeat that feat by handing Usyk, 35, the first loss of the southpaw’s pro career?
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the seismic rematch.
When is it?
Usyk vs. Joshua 2 takes place on Saturday 20th August at the Jeddah Superdome in Saudi Arabia.
Ring walks for the main event contest are expected to occur at approximately 10:30pm BST (2:30pm PT, 4:30pm CT, 5:30pm ET).
How can I view it?
Sky Sports Box Office will be the only place to watch the fight in the UK and Ireland.
The pay-per-view event costs £26.95 in the UK and €31.95 in Ireland.
Usyk – 4/9
Draw – 16.1
Who will Usyk fight next?
Most fans are hoping that the winner of the rematch will take on defending WBC titlist Tyson Fury this weekend to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion. However, as of today, there is no deal for such a fight.
Briton Fury last fought in April, knocking out compatriot Dillian Whyte to remain undefeated and retain the WBC belt. He has since claimed to be retired. However, the ‘Gypsy King’ has been back and forth on the matter and his promoters believe Fury cannot resist the prospect of a clash with the Joshua vs Usyk 2 winner.
However, there is always the possibility of Fury retiring and relinquishing his title, or a mandatory challenger being given priority for one of the belts.
Daniel Dubois is the WBA champion’s mandatory challenger and could be the most likely opponent for the Joshua-Usyk 2 winner if an undisputed title fight with Fury cannot be made.
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