Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 LIVE: UK start time CONFIRMED, full undercard, exclusive talkSPORT coverage and how to follow heavyweight world title fight rematch in Jeddah tonight.
The highly-anticipated heavyweight rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk takes place tonight. Britain’s Joshua was outclassed by Ukrainian rival Usyk in their first fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September 2021, losing his world heavyweight titles in the process.
The rematch was originally planned for May but the ongoing situation in the champion’s homeland put that on hold. Usyk travelled back to Ukraine and joined the military in defence of his nation after the Russian invasion which began in February.
The 35-year-old later received permission from his country’s sports minister to return to his training camp and gear up for the epic rematch with Joshua, 32.
The WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO world titles will all be on the line, as will the Ring Magazine strap after WBC champion Tyson Fury confirmed his retirement.
Usyk and Joshua will meet again on Saturday night, live on talkSPORT
MARK ROBINSON/MATCHROOM 8 Usyk and Joshua will meet again on Saturday night, live on talkSPORT It will take place in the indoor arena at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
TALKSPORT 8 It will take place in the indoor arena at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Joshua vs Usyk 2: Date and UK start time This fight is being billed as ‘The Rage on the Red Sea’ and will take place on Saturday, August 20.
It will be held in the indoor arena at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is two hours ahead of the United Kingdom.
The extended undercard is set to begin from 3.30pm UK time, with a number of preliminary bouts for those in attendance before radio and TV coverage begins.
The main event ring walks are expected at around 10pm-10.30pm with promoters Matchroom confirming the first bell is set to sound at 10:54pm in the UK, which is gone midnight local time.
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DEBATE Pro boxer caused uproar with ‘brutal and criminal’ KO of young amateur Joshua vs Usyk 2: talkSPORT coverage talkSPORT will broadcast the highly-anticipated rematch exclusively live on the radio and FREE to air from Saudi Arabia.
Our expert team will be made up of presenters Adam Catterall, Gareth A Davies and Ade Oladipo, commentator Andy Clarke, former bantamweight champion Spencer Oliver andcurrent heavyweight star Derek Chisora.
Our coverage of fight night on Saturday will begin from 8pm.
To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live commentary stream.
You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
Joshua faces a make or break night against Usyk
MARK ROBINSON/MATCHROOM 8 Joshua faces a make or break night against Usyk Usyk will be looking to put on a show against Joshua
MARK ROBINSON/MATCHROOM 8 Usyk will be looking to put on a show against Joshua Joshua vs Usyk 2: TV channel and live stream The fight will also be shown on Sky Sports Box Office with their broadcast starting from 6pm.
It will cost £26.95, with the full undercard and main event shown.
You can also live stream for the same price on your computer, mobile and tablet devices.
Sky Sports Box Office is also available on BT TV – on channel 496 or by searching for the event in the BT Player.
Joshua vs Usyk 2: Undercard Subject to change
MAIN EVENT: Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – for WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles (12 rounds) Filip Hrgovic vs Zhilei Zhang – final eliminator for IBF heavyweight world title (12 rounds) Callum Smith vs Mathieu Bauderlique – final eliminator for WBC super-middleweight world title (12 rounds) Badou Jack vs Richard Rivera – cruiserweight contest (10 rounds) Ramla Ali vs Crystal Garcia Nova – super-bantamweight contest (8 rounds) Andrew Tabiti vs James Wilson – heavyweight contest (8 rounds) Daniel Lapin vs Jozef Jurko – heavyweight contest (8 rounds) Ben Whittaker vs Peter Nosic – light-heavyweight contest (6 rounds) Bader Alsamreen vs Fuad Tarverdi – super-lightweight contest (6 rounds) Ziyad Almaayouf vs Jose Alatorre – super-lightweight contest (4 rounds) MoneyKicks vs Traycho Georgiev – welterweight contest (4 rounds) Usyk outboxed and almost knocked Joshua out in their first fight
MARK ROBINSON/MATCHROOM 8 Usyk outboxed and almost knocked Joshua out in their first fight Joshua vs Usyk 2: What have the fighters said? Joshua knows he must claim victory on Saturday to save his career among the heavyweight elite.
He said: “That’s it. Must win. I like the pressure.
“It’s been tough. [Now] just get the job done. Instinct, stay focused, get the job done, God willing, victorious.
“It’s competition. I’ve got goals I want to achieve in the ring on the night.
That’s competition with myself.” Usyk is inspired by competition too and insists he’ll be up for the fight once again.
He said: “We were born to compete for life, for belts, for everything.
“The one who does not compete does not live.
“All our lives are competition, for anything, for something, for somebody, that’s why we are competing.”
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Usyk will defend his titles against Joshua this weekend
MARK ROBINSON/MATCHROOM 8 Usyk will defend his titles against Joshua this weekend Joshua vs Usyk 2: How the heavyweights compare The two stars met at Friday’s weigh-in.
The difference between the two will be 22lbs – over a stone and a half.
AJ stepped onto the scales first and came in at 243.5lbs (17st 6lbs), 3.5lbs heavier than the first fight.
Usyk followed up and weighed 221.5lbs (15st 11lbs), slightly more than last time out and at his career heaviest.
In terms of records, Joshua has a CV of 24 wins and two losses.
His first career defeat came to Andy Ruiz Jr in New York in June 2019 but he reclaimed his belts later that year in their Saudi Arabia rematch.
Usyk remains unbeaten as a professional with 19 straight wins across different weight divisions.
The Ukrainian is the smaller man at 6ft 3 to Joshua’s 6ft 6 and has a shorter reach, 78 in to AJ’s 82 in.
The two also operate out of different stances with Usyk a southpaw.
Both won Olympic Gold at London 2012, Usyk at heavyweight and Joshua at super-heavyweight.