Can Joshua gain revenge with Robert Garcia now part of his team or will Usyk be successful again?
Here is everything you need to know about Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2.
OLEKSANDR USYK VS. ANTHONY JOSHUA 2 FIGHT DATE, START TIME
Date: Saturday, August 20
Time: 6 p.m. BST / 1 p.m. ET
Main event ring walks (approx): 9 p.m. BST / 4 p.m. ET
The main card is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. BST / 1 p.m. ET with main event ringwalks scheduled for 9 p.m. BST / 4 p.m. ET. These timings could change due to the length of the undercard bouts.
WHAT CHANNEL/STREAM IS OLEKSANDR USYK VS. ANTHONY JOSHUA 2
- UK: Sky Sports Box Office
- U.S.: TBA
Sky Sports Box Office will broadcast in the UK for a price of £26.95, a U.S. broadcaster is yet to be announced.
WHERE IS THE OLEKSANDR USYK VS. ANTHONY JOSHUA 2 FIGHT?
The fight takes place at the Jeddah Superdome in Saudi Arabia
ANTHONY JOSHUA RECORD AND BIO
Born: October 15th, 1989
Height: 6′ 6″
Total fights: 26
Record: 24-2 with 22 knockouts
OLEKSANDR USYK RECORD AND BIO
Born: January 17, 1987
Height: 6′ 3″
Total fights: 19
Record: 19-0 with 13 knockouts
OLEKSANDR USYK VS. ANTHONY JOSHUA 2 FIGHT CARD
- Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua for WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles
- Callum Smith vs. Mahieu Bauderlique; Light heavyweight
- Filip Hrgovic vs. Zhilei Zhang; Heavyweight
- Badou Jack vs. Richard Rivera; Cruiserweight
- Ramla Ali vs. Crystal Nova; Super bantamweight
The rematch was originally planned for May but the ongoing situation in the champion’s homeland delayed the fight until the summer. Joshua vs Usyk 2 Live
But the huge fight is now fast-approaching and fans are in for a thrilling night.
Prior to the main event, Croatian contender Filip Hrgovic will face China’s unbeaten Zhilei Zhang.
The showdown is set to be a final eliminator to determine the IBF’s next mandatory although the WBA is expected to be first in line.
The pair were initially meant to meet on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez’s defeat to Dmitry Bivol in May but had to reschedule as Hrgovic’s father passed away.
A second final eliminator on the card sees Callum Smith meet France’s Mathieu Bauderlique.
The winner will become the WBC mandatory challenger at light-heavyweight – with the world title currently held by unified WBC, IBF, and WBO champion
Artur Beterbiev. Joshua vs Usyk 2 Live
Also on the show, former Floyd Mayweather man Badou Jack will face Richard Rivera in a cruiserweight bout.
And speaking of ‘Money’ Mayweather, YouTube sensation Money Kicks is set to make his professional boxing debut on the non-televised prelims as well.
The 20-year-old, who was previously linked to a fight withMayweather
atop the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, will take on British boxer Kyle Preview.
Joshua vs Usyk 2: Undercard
Subject to change
- MAIN EVENT: Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – for WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight titles
- Callum Smith vs Mathieu Bauderlique– final eliminator for WBC light heavyweight title
- Filip Hrgovic vs Zhilei Zhang – final eliminator for IBF heavyweight title
- Badou Jack vs Richard Rivera
- Ramla Ali vs Crystal Garcia Nova
- Andrew Tabiti vs Tyrone Spong
- Daniel Lapin vs Jozef Jurko
- Ziyad Almaayouf vs Jose Alatorre
- Money Kicks vs Preview
Anthony Joshua’s (26-2, 24 KOs) motto throughout his career has been “stay hungry, stay humble” in both victory and defeat, so after what many consider schooling in boxing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last
September, he will be mindful of a need to change tact or face a second humbling this August. Oleksandr Usyk put on a dominant display, controlling proceedings to become
WBA, IBF and WBO world champion at heavyweight, having previously been undisputed cruiserweight champion, to put him in the pantheon of boxing greats.
But there is a difference this time around: Joshua has brought in Robert Garcia to join Angel Fernandez in his corner following a split from long-time amateur and professional trainer Rob McCracken in the wake of his defeat to
Usyk, suggests that the hunger to become a third-time world champion is just as strong as ever. For most onlookers, that requires a change in tactics where
Joshua works the body more, creates greater opportunities for heavier follow-up punches and generally increases his output and the variety in his game from the first fight – the change in coaching appears to be the perfect way of doing exactly that.
As for Usyk, it’s hard to root against a fighter who has made one of the hardest leaps in boxing: from cruiserweight up two divisions to heavyweight.
Pundits and boxers alike, including Tyson Fury, bet against him in his first fight with Joshua, arguing he didn’t have the power to be successful at heavyweight.
Instead, Usyk proved the masses wrong to become a unified heavyweight champion of the world by outboxing Joshua over 12 rounds.
Too quick and slick, Usyk will likely have a similar game plan this time around and use his boxing IQ and excellent footwork to keep control of the fight.
The question is whether Joshua and his newly formed team will put attempts to outbox Usyk at range to the side, and instead utilise his reach and weight advantage to greater effect.
A supreme counterpuncher, that may even work in Usyk’s favour should Joshua’s footwork not be perfect on fight night. As so often with boxing,
it will all come down to each boxer’s execution on the day; strap yourselves in for one of the biggest fights of the year on 20 August.
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk: Main event and undercard start time
Despite the fight being held in Saudi Arabia, the event times should be fairly similar to British-based bouts. When AJ fought against Andy Ruiz there in
December 2019, ring walks for the main event began at around 9 pm UK time, or 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT in the United States.
And with TV coverage starting from 6 pm BST on Sky Sports Box Office (more on that further down this page), it sounds like we can expect something similar this time around.
But do be sure to check in closer to fight night as we’ll have updated this page with the confirmed timings for the main event and undercard.
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Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk: Undercard
There are some big fights on the undercard for Joshua vs Usyk 2, with the biggest of the lot being between Croatian heavyweight Filip Hrgovic and China’s Zhilei Zhang in a Final Eliminator for the IBF Heavyweight World Title.
You can find the rest of the undercard down below.
- HEAVYWEIGHT: Filip Hrgovic (14-0, 12 KOs) vs Zhilei Zhang (24-0-1, 10 KOs)
- LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT: Callum Smith (28-1, 20 KOs) vs Mathieu Bauderlique (21-1, 12 KOs)
- SUPER-BANTAMWEIGHT: Ramla Ali (6-0, 1 KO) vs. Crystal Garcia Nova (10-2, 10 KOs)
- CRUISERWEIGHT: Badou Jack (26-3-3, 16 KOs) vs. Richard Rivera (21-0, 16 KOs)
- HEAVYWEIGHT: Andrew Tabiti (19-1, 15KOs) vs. Tyrone Spong (14-0, 13KOs)
- LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT: Daniel Lapin (5-0) vs. Jozef Jurko (9-6-1, 60 KOs)
- SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT: Ziyad Almaayouf (debut) vs. Jose Alatorre (0-1)
How to watch Joshua vs Usyk 2 in the UK: Sky Sports Box Office
British boxing fans might have been expecting to watch Anthony Joshua on DAZN, after the heavyweight signed a “long-term global partnership” with the
broadcaster in June. However, Sky Sports has won the rights to show Joshua vs Usyk rematch as it was “always going to the highest bidder”,
according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, meaning you’ll have to get the event’s Sky Sports Box Office package to watch the fight in the UK.
For UK customers that’ll cost £26.95 while for those based in the Republic of Ireland it will be €31.95. The whole event will be live from 6 pm (BST) on Sky Sports Box Office.
You can book the service via the below button or using your Sky remote.
By purchasing the fight through Sky Sports Box Office, you get to watch all the fights on the night from your
TV, PC or mobile devices, and replay the action for up to seven days. The channel will also broadcast repeat telecasts of the bout at 8 am and 3 pm on Sunday 21 August.