Saudi Arabian Princes hosting the Usyk vs Joshua 2 fight in Jeddah lauded the rematch as the build-up began.
Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua square off in a contracted return after an initial battle in London last September.
Joshua lost his three world heavyweight titles to the superior Usyk as he failed to figure out the Ukrainian’s masterful style.
Getting his opportunity again after writing a clause into the terms, Joshua will hope to keep up his one hundred percent record in the country.
In December 2019, Joshu avenged his shock knockout loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. with a points win in Diriyah.
Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of SCEE, said: “This is another proud moment for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the biggest rematch in global 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 watch them go head-to-head in the ring on August 20.
“We look forward to welcoming them.”
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Prince Fahad bin Abdulaziz, a spokesperson of Skill Challenge Entertainment, stated: “We want to hold the biggest and best events in Saudi Arabia for our people and the world to enjoy.
“We live in an unprecedented sporting growth era in Saudi Arabia. We are inspiring a new generation, which motivates us.”
Abdullah Eid, President of the Saudi Arabian Boxing Federation, wants the event to inspire teenagers and children.
“There is a massive focus on the youth of this country. We want our people to see the stars and participate in the sports they watch.
“We want our young people to participate, get active, and lead healthy lives.
“From trainers to coaches and referees, from gyms offering boxing for exercise, everything is focused on increasing participation.”
Usyk remains the favorite to defend his titles as the world’s Pound for Pound king. His position got elevated once Canelo Alvarez lost to Dmitry Bivol.
Joshua faces an uphill task to knock “Mr. I am very Feel” off his perch and enlists the help of experienced trainer Robert Garcia to help him.
All goes down on August 20 in the Kingdom.