Usyk vs Joshua 2 – DAZN, Sky Sports – August 20 – 2 pm ET
OLEKSANDER USYK VS. ANTHONY JOSHUA TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON DAZN IN 190+ MARKETS WORLDWIDE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
DAZN, the global sports entertainment platform, today confirms that it will broadcast the Oleksander Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua Heavyweight World Title rematch on Saturday, August 20 to subscribers live around the world in over 190 territories including the U.S., Canada, Spain, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Poland (excluding the UK, Ireland, MENA and Ukraine). The main event begins at approximately 9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST / 18:00 CET and will be available in both English as well as Polish commentary.
One of the biggest heavyweight rematches in the history of the sport, the ‘Rage on the Red Sea’ will see Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) looking to avenge his defeat in September 2021 to Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs), who is putting his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts on the line in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in a career defining clash.
Usyk recently said: “I am working hard in my training camp to be in the best shape possible for the rematch. With the help of the Lord I will overcome the biggest challenges to make it happen. I want the crowd to be excited with the fight, I want them to remember it for a lifetime.”
Joshua added: “August 20 is set to be an unbelievable night of Championship level boxing. For any sports fan this is not to be missed, it has all the ingredients to go down in boxing history.”
Sky Sports Box Office will be the only place – in the UK and Ireland – to watch the Usyk vs Joshua rematch
The fight, scheduled to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will see British heavyweight Anthony Joshua attempt to regain the WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles after his unanimous decision defeat to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk last year.
Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development for Sky Sports, said: “Sky Sports viewers have enjoyed a long history with AJ, watching his every fight since he turned professional in 2013. We also know Oleksandr Usyk very well, having had the last four of the Ukrainian’s fights exclusively live on Sky Sports. This rematch is a massive occasion with everything on the line and so many questions to be answered. We can’t wait to bring it to boxing fans in the UK & Ireland in true Sky Sports fashion with all the build-up it deserves.”
Joshua and Usyk’s first fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London took place last September and was one of the most watched fights in Sky Sports Box Office history.
Since his defeat, Joshua has revamped his training set up, now working with American trainer Robert Garcia alongside Angel Fernandez in a bid to avenge the second defeat of his professional career.
The British heavyweight can become a three-time world champion if he defeats Usyk next month. The Ukrainian is recognised as one of the sport’s pound-for-pound best fighters, becoming undisputed cruiserweight world champion in 2018 before claiming three heavyweight belts.
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Unified Heavyweight World 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.
Oleksandr Usyk, Unified Heavyweight World Champion:
“I am very happy to be here in Saudi Arabia. It is very pleasant for me and my team. We are doing what we have to do to achieve our goals. I have never made any loud or bright speeches. To become World Champion all I did was work hard in my training camp and gym. That’s what I am going to do until the day of the fight and my boxing will make me happy.”
Anthony Joshua, former Unified Heavyweight World Champion:
“I just want to say god is good, all the time, even through tough times. I’d like to thank everyone for coming out today. Definitely the hunger is still there. As I always said from the get-go, stay hungry. Just keep the motivation high. Blips happen. Things happen in life but resilience, mental toughness and consistency will always prevail. We’re still on the road, we’re still on the road to Undisputed for sure. It’s just a little blip in the road but I’m focused on the target which is sitting over there (points to Usyk).
“I’m focused on the goal, god willing I’ll perform, and I’ll become three-time Heavyweight Champion of the World. With Andy Ruiz I think a lot of people can see before the fight things weren’t 100%. You’ve got to be strong, thick skinned; we take our loss like a man. When I win, I keep it moving and I thank everybody. When you lose, you have to stay humble as well in defeat. We kept it moving and I knew I could come back again and do what I have to do.
“The fight with Usyk, he bust my ass for some rounds. I have to take that defeat like a man as well. I hold myself accountable. I’m someone who can admit when I’m wrong and hold my head high when I’m right. The fight in September, he was right, and I was wrong. Simply, I have to reverse that role on August 20th. I don’t like to overcomplicate the situation because there’s simplicity in genius. Sometimes if you keep things simple you can achieve great things, so I’m just going to keep things simple, move forward and the date will soon come.
“I wish Team Usyk a successful training camp and safe travels wherever they go in the world. Same to my team, Robert has been great in the camp, my staff at the back there as well that have been helping me in my training camp. I wish all of us well. I wish you guys a safe few weeks and I can’t wait to see you all again in the stadium for a great night of Heavyweight Championship boxing.”
Robert Garcia, trainer of Anthony Joshua:
“First of all, thank you all for being here. Thanks for having us. I want to congratulate Usyk and his team for all of the success they had. They’re great people and a great team. I started coming to the UK in December, I’ve been coming back and forth to England to work with Anthony. I see a different Anthony now; the way he thinks and the way he talks. Everything he’s practising and everything he’s doing in the gym; I think he fought the wrong fight but that’s the past. That happened already. Usyk was the better man, congratulations to him, but come August 20 we’re going to do whatever it takes to win those titles back. I know he can do it.
“He’s the bigger man, he’s the stronger man, he’s got the reach advantage, so we’re going to take advantage of all that. Come that day, I think without a doubt we’re going to have a three-time Heavyweight Champion of the World. We’ve got to be prepared for everything. Usyk is a great fighter, he’s got skills, reflexes, accuracy – he’s got everything. I think Anthony has the tools to beat him. We just have to do the things in the gym.
“He wants to be champion again. Like I said before, I have no doubt that on August 20th he will be champion again. With the dedication that he has and the hard work that he puts in in the gym, it motivates me also to put more into the training camp and to come out with the win because I know how much he wants it. I want my first Heavyweight Champion of the World. I’ve had 14 World Champions, he will be my 15th, but he will be my first Heavyweight Champion of the World and that’s big for me too.”
17:30 FIRST FIGHT
4 x 3 mins International Super-Welterweight contest
RASHED BELHASA 67.35kg v TRAYCHO GEORGIEV 66.65kg
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates) (Sofia, Bulgaria)
6 x 3 mins International Light-Heavyweight contest
DANIEL LAPIN 78.5kg v JOSEF JURKO 79.9kg
(Kiev, Ukraine) (Košice, Slovakia)
6 x 3 mins International Light-Heavyweight contest
BEN WHITTAKER 78.8kg v PETAR NOSIC 79.5kg
(West Bromwich, England) (Vrgorac, Croatia)
8 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
ANDREW TABITI 98.3kg v JAMES WILSON 108.2kg
(Las Vegas, USA) (Los Angeles, California)
20:00 LIVE ON SKY SPORTS BOX OFFICE AND DAZN
8 x 2 mins International Super-Bantamweight contest
RAMLA ALI 55.65kg v CRYSTAL GARCIA NOVA 55.75kg
(Mogadishu, Somalia/Bethnal Green, England) (Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic)
4 x 3 mins International Super-Lightweight contest
ZIYAD ALMAAYOUF 63.2kg v JOSE ALATORRE 62.1kg
(Los Angeles, USA) (La Paz, Mexico)
10 x 3 mins Cruiserweight contest
BADOU JACK 90.3kg v RICHARD RIVERA 88.4kg
(Las Vegas, Nevada) (Hartford, Connecticut)
22:15 LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
12 x 3 mins WBC Light-Heavyweight World Title Final Eliminator
CALLUM SMITH 79.25kg v MATHIEU BAUDERLIQUE 79.15kg
(Liverpool, England) (Henin-Beaumont, France)
12 x 3 mins IBF Heavyweight World Title Final Eliminator
FILIP HRGOVIC 110.2kg v ZHILEI ZHANG 125.7kg
(Zagreb, Croatia) (Zhoukou, China)
12 x 3 mins IBO, WBA, WBO, IBF & RING MAGAZINE HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD TITLES
OLEKSANDR USYK 100.5kg v ANTHONY JOSHUA 110.9kg
(Shypyntsi, Ukraine) (Watford, England)
6 x 3 mins International Super-Lightweight contest
BADER ALSAMREEN 61.8kg v FAUD TARVERDI 61.6kg
(Amman, Jordan) (Lankaran, Azerbaijan)