Usyk vs Joshua 2 confirmed for Aug 20 in Jeddah

The Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua rematch happens on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Unified heavyweight champion Usyk will put his IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO World Titles on the line against Joshua in the coastal city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

One of the biggest Heavyweight rematches in the history of the sport, Usyk vs. Joshua 2, billed ‘Rage on the Red Sea,’ will take place nearly three years after the historic ‘Clash on the Dunes’ event.

Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 took place at the Diriyah Arena and saw AJ reclaim his Heavyweight crowns.

Under the patronage of HRH Mohammad bin Salman and in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 ambitions, the eyes of the sporting world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia once more as ‘AJ’ aims to exact revenge over Usyk and take his place back at the top of the Heavyweight division.

Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) was dethroned as Heavyweight King by Ukrainian pound-for-pound star Usyk in September 2021 in front of over 60,000 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, on a memorable evening in boxing’s marquee division.

Since the pair’s first meeting, former Undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) has gained further global attention after putting the rematch on hold to support his home nation on the front line during their ongoing conflict.

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Usyk vs Joshua 2

Usyk said: “I have a goal. With the help of the Lord, I will complete my mission!”

“What a roller coaster journey, fighting for the Heavyweight Championship of the World for the 12th consecutive time,” said Joshua. “I won the belt, unified the division won another belt, lost the belts, became two-time Unified Heavyweight Champion.

“Now have my date with history set to become three-time Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World. What an opportunity

“Fighting championship level back to back has had its pros and cons, but I decide every day to get stronger, learn from my experiences and grow.

“A happy fighter is a dangerous fighter. I am the happiest and most motivated I have been.

“Thank you to the organizers, 258MGT, Matchroom Boxing, and all the boxing fans worldwide. A special shout out to the Ukrainian fans who have been through a tough time.”

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