Unified world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will put his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world titles on the line against Anthony Joshua in the coastal city of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on Saturday August 20.
One of the greatest heavyweight rematches in sports history, Usyk vs. Joshua 2, titled ‘Rage on the Red Sea’, will take place nearly three years after the historic ‘Clash on the Dunes’ event in the Diriyah Arena which saw Joshua reclaim his heavyweight crowns against Andy Ruiz Jr.
Under the patronage of HRH Mohammad bin Salman and in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 ambitions, the eyes of the sports world will once again be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as ‘AJ’ sets out to exact revenge on Usyk and reclaim his place at the top of the heavyweight division.
Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) was dethroned as heavyweight king by pound-for-pound Ukrainian star Usyk in September 2021 in front of over 60,000 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on a night out memorable in the marquee division of boxing.
Since the pair first met, former undisputed world heavyweight champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) has captured the world’s attention after suspending the rematch to support his home country in the first line during their ongoing conflict.
Usyk said, “I have a goal, with the help of the Lord I will complete my mission!”
“What a rollercoaster ride, fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world for the 12th time in a row,” Joshua said. “I won the belt, unified the division, won another belt, lost the belts, became a two-time unified heavyweight champion and now have my date with history to become a three-time world heavyweight champion. unified heavy. What an opportunity
“Fighting back to back at the championship level has had its pros and cons, but I resolve every day to get stronger, learn from my experiences and grow. A happy fighter is a dangerous fighter and I’m the happiest and the most motivated I have been.
“Thank you to the organizers, 258MGT, Matchroom Boxing and all boxing fans around the world, with a special thanks to the Ukrainian fans who have been through a really tough time.”
Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of SCEE, said: “This is another proud moment for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it brings the greatest revenge in world boxing to our great country. Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua are both brilliant champions with different stories, skills and styles and the whole world will see them face off in the ring on August 20th – we can’t wait to welcome them.
Eddie Hearn, President of Matchroom Boxing, said: “We are thrilled to have one of the greatest heavyweight rematches in boxing history and to give Anthony Joshua the chance to reclaim what he has. lost in London last September. Everything is on the line for this unified world heavyweight championship fight and it couldn’t be a bigger contest. We know Oleksandr Usyk is a great fighter and we saw him last time, but I know Anthony Joshua is more determined than ever. It was a huge success to host Anthony Joshua’s Pageant with Andy Ruiz Jr. in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2019 and we look forward to working with the country again to host this historic event. So, no doubt all eyes in the world will be in the ring on Saturday August 20th. It’s a story of redemption, and the countdown begins now.
Alexander Krassyuk, Usyk’s promoter, said: “The revenge is on the way. The fight will be much bigger and more spectacular than the first. It’s a new story in the making. Being part of this event is a huge honor. Our country is now fighting for its heritage. Our mission is to extend his legacy. With the help of the Lord, we will get there.
Freddie Cunningham, Managing Director of 258MGT, said: “We are once again about to experience another great moment in boxing history and Anthony Joshua’s career. Since turning pro, Anthony has never shied away from anything, he has risen to every challenge and actively sought out the biggest fights against the best in his division. This is his opportunity to become a three time world heavyweight champion and he will do everything to achieve this incredible feat. A big thank you to our team at 258 MGT, SCEE, Matchroom Boxing and everyone who helped put this together.
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