Anthony Joshua is out for revenge as he looks to reclaim his heavyweight belts in a career-defining rematch against Oleksandr Usyk: Everything to know ahead of the fight
- Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua square off for a second time on August 20
- The heavyweight duo fought last year, with Usyk claiming a convincing win
- The Ukrainian became the unified IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion
- The winner will likely take on Tyson Fury in an historic undisputed showdown
Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua square off for a second time on August 20 in an all-important rematch at the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia.
Joshua is out for revenge after losing his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts to the Ukrainian mastermind last September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The winner will look to face WBC champion Tyson Fury next in an historic undisputed bout, despite the Gypsy King announcing his retirement after knocking out Dillian Whyte earlier this year.
Oleksandr Usyk (left) and Anthony Joshua (right) square off for a second time on August 20
Usyk waltzed to a stunning unanimous decision win over the British heavyweight last year
Joshua was heavily criticised after opting against using his evident physical advantages last time out, instead looking to outbox the boxer in a move that proved disastrous.
The 32-year-old has since left long-term coach Rob McCracken and teamed up with Robert Garcia, however, insisting he now plans to hunt for the knockout.
Usyk, undoubtedly one of the pound-for-pound stars in the sport, has been given a full camp after taking a step away from boxing to help defend his country amid the ongoing Russian invasion, with the fight pushed back from May and then July.
Joshua will be hoping he can avenge the second defeat of his career, having done so against Andy Ruiz Jr, also in Saudi Arabia, back in 2019.
As the spectacle edges ever closer, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
The clash between Usyk and Joshua is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 20 at the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia.
The pair are expected to walk to the ring at around 9pm UK time, though that will of course depend on results beforehand, with an abundance of action also taking place on the undercard.
Also on the card are Filip Hrgovic and Zhilei Zhang, who square off in an intriguing heavyweight encounter.
Britain’s Callum Smith is also in action against Mathieu Bauderlique in a WBC light-heavyweight final eliminator, while Badou Jack will also take on Richard Rivera.
How to watch the fight
The fight, which will be a 12-round contest, will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office.
It will cost a total of £26.95 for those in the UK, and €31.95 for Republic of Ireland customers.
For those who want to stream the fight, you will be able to do so on the Sky Sports Box Office app and website, while two repeat showings will take place at 8am and 3pm on Sunday.
Sportsmail will also be covering the fight live, so you can keep up-to-date with us.
Usyk vs Joshua: The key stats
Height: 6ft 3in
Height: 6ft 6in
Usyk dominated much of the fight and came close to getting the stoppage in the 12th round
The Ukrainian mastermind claimed the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts with the victory
Fight card in full
- Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2
- Badou Jack vs Richard Rivera
- Callum Smith vs Mathieu Bauderlique (WBC light-heavyweight final eliminator)
- Filip Hrgovic vs Zhilei Zhang (IBF heavyweight final eliminator)
- Tyron Spong vs Andrew Tabiti
- Daniel Lapin vs Jozef Jurko
- Ramla Ali vs Crystal Garcia Nova
- Ziyad Almaayouf vs Hector Alatorre
What’s been said?
The pair have remained respectful throughout the build-up to the bout, as they were before their first encounter.
Joshua acknowledges he was outclassed last September, but insists he can turn things around and become a three-time heavyweight champion.
‘Blips happen and things happen in life but resilience, mental toughness and mental consistency will always prevail,’ Joshua said at the launch press conference in Saudi Arabia. ‘We are still on the road to undisputed for sure and it is just a blip in the road and god-willing I will become three-time heavyweight champion of the world.
‘The fight with Usyk he bust my a** for some rounds and I have to take that defeat like a man. I hold myself accountable and I am someone who can admit when I am wrong and in the fight in September I was wrong and he was right.
‘Quite simply I have to reverse them roles on August 20. You can put me down but it is difficult to keep me down.’
Joshua and Usyk have remained amicable throughout the build-up to the all-important bout
Usyk, on the other hand, insisted it was not titles or applause he’s fighting for.
The Ukrainian also voiced his recognition that Joshua will resemble a different challenge this time, but insisted he will be a changed fighter too.
‘I’m not fighting for money or recognition – I don’t need this,’ Usyk said. ‘I don’t need to become the greatest, I’m just doing my job now and will continue doing it as long as my heart is beating.
‘The only thing I’m on my way to is to save my soul. Everything else is just life.
‘I do understand that [Joshua] gonna be different, so will I.’
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