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Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk II - Boxing: All you need to know

18 August 2022 12:31:05 EST
Anthony Joshua faces Oleksandr Usyk later this month

All eyes will be on King Abdullah Sports City on 20th August when Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk face off in their eagerly anticipated heavyweight title rematch.

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It was Usyk that triumphed in their first bout, the Ukrainian claiming a unanimous decision victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September, as he took Joshua's WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight belts.

Joshua will have revenge on his mind in Saudi Arabia and the Briton can be backed at 2.87 to regain his titles, while it is 1.44 for history to repeat itself, as Usyk puts his unbeaten professional record on the line once again.

What

Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk II

Where

King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

When

Approx 21:00, Saturday 20th August 2022

How to watch

Sky Sports Box Office

OddsAnthony Joshua 2.87, Oleksandr Usyk 1.44

When is Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk II?

The fight is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 20th August 2022.

What time is Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk II?

The undercard for the fight is due to get underway at 17:00, while the main event ring walks are expected from 21:00.

Where is Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk II?

The first fight between the pair took place on Joshua's home turf at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, but the rematch will be held at the King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

King Abdullah Sports City has hosted high-profile boxing cards in the past, most notably the final of the 2017/18 World Boxing Super Series when Callum Smith defeated fellow Briton George Groves in the super middleweight division.

Can I watch Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk II?

Yes. The fight will be shown on Sky Sports Box Office and will cost UK customers £26.95.

Who is the favourite for Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk II?

After claiming a comprehensive victory in the first bout, Usyk is the 2.87 favourite to make a successful first defence of his titles, while Joshua, who was the favourite heading into last year's fight, is priced at 1.44.

Are there any belts on the line for Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk II?

Yes. Usyk took Joshua's WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles when winning in London last year and he will make the first defence of those belts on 20th August.

Usyk is no stranger to holding belts as his victory over Joshua saw him become only the second man after Evander Holyfield to win unified world titles in both the heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions.

Joshua is also vastly experienced as this will be his 12th consecutive world title fight, while if he were to beat Usyk then he will become a three-time world heavyweight champion.

What is Anthony Joshua's record?

British star Joshua boasted an impressive record as an amateur, winning a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships before adding gold at the 2012 Olympics in London - a performance that propelled him into the public eye.

The 32-year-old also made a seamless transition into the professional ranks, winning his first 22 bouts, including a memorable stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko to land the WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles in 2017.

Joshua's first loss was a shock one at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019, but he bounced back to beat the same opponent and regain his titles six months later.

He then went on to beat Kubrat Pulev before being outclassed by Usyk, with his record currently standing at 24-2.

What is Oleksandr Usyk's record?

Usyk has a flawless career record as he has won all 19 of his professional bouts to date, with 13 of those successes coming via knockout.

The 35-year-old has been a world champion in two weight classes, first becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion from 2018 to 2019 before adding his heavyweight titles with victory over Joshua in what was only his third fight at that weight level.

Among Usyk's other scalps are British fighters Derek Chisora and Tony Bellew - the latter he beat to retain his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring cruiserweight titles before making the step up to the heavyweight division.

Who is on the undercard for Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk II?

There are two final eliminators on what looks set to be a thrilling undercard before Joshua and Usyk enter the ring.

Britain's Callum Smith will be involved in one of those as he prepares to face France's Mathieu Bauderlique, with the winner becoming the WBC mandatory challenger to Artur Beterbiev in the light-heavyweight division.

The other one will see Croatian contender Filip Hrgovic face unbeaten Chinese fighter Zhilei Zhang in the final eliminator to determine the IBF's next mandatory challenger in the heavyweight division.

Also on the card is the super-bantamweight clash between Somali-British prospect Ramla Ali and Crystal Garcia Nova, as well as Badou Jack's cruiserweight contest with Richard Rivera.

There is also the heavyweight bout between Andrew Tabiti and Tyrone Spong, Daniel Lapin's light-heavyweight clash with Jozef Jurko and the super-lightweight showdown involving Ziyad Almaayouf and Jose Alatorre.

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