BRITISH boxing icon Anthony Joshua’s massive rematch against Oleksandr Usyk is just around the corner.
And a start time has been revealed for the massive fight.
Joshua, 32, and his Ukrainian counterpart were due to fight in May and then July, but there were various stalemates in the negotiations that pushed the fight further back.
Russia’s war against Ukraine, where Usyk is from, also impacted the staging of the rematch.
Usyk, 35, returned to his home country earlier this tear to join the fight in the war against Russia, which began in February.
But he is now in training camp for the biggest fight of his life.
Usyk outplayed and vastly outplayed a Joshua game in front of 70,000 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September to win the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles.
However, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told The Sun earlier this month that his client was “baffled” by the tactics used last year and hinted at a change in game plan for the rematch. .
He said: “I was talking to him the other night and I think ultimately he’s baffled as to why he fought like that.
“For a long time he always felt even when he lost that he could still beat Usyk like that. But why when you don’t need to fight like that?
“He could fight your old style and have a much better chance of beating him. A la Klitschko but Usyk is a terrific fighter, a great counter-puncher.”
Hearn added that AJ “needs to be a lot more aggressive” this time around.
The two sides have spent months negotiating a profitable deal for AJ’s second fight in Saudi Arabia, having beaten Ruiz Jr on points in the oil-rich country in December 2019.
Joshua will also have a new practice squad, with the experienced Robert Garcia in charge while Angel Fernandez plays second in command.
When is Joshua vs. Usyk 2?
- Joshua vs Usyk 2 will take place on Saturday, August 20.
- The fight will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
- It’s expected to be late for UK viewers, with 10.54pm revealed as the approximate start time.
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What TV channel is it on and can I stream it live?
Can I listen to Joshua vs Usyk 2 on the radio?
Yes you can.
talkSPORT has the exclusive rights for the big fight and you can listen to it all for FREE.
The station’s Fight Night team will consist of presenters Adam Catterall and Gareth A Davies, commentator Andy Clarke, sports broadcaster Ade Oladipo and former bantamweight boxer Spencer Oliver.
Joshua vs. Usyk 2 FULL CARD
The full Joshua vs Usyk 2 undermap has finally been announced, and what cracker it will be.
However, Callum Smith will compete in Jeddah just like he did in the first Joshua vs Usyk undercard when he faced Mathieu Bauderlique in a WBC light heavyweight final eliminator.
As heavyweight star Filip Hrgovic takes on Zhilei Zhang in an IBF heavyweight title eliminator.
Badou Jack will also be in action against Richard Rivera.
- Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk 2
- Badou Jack vs. Richard Rivera
- Callum Smith vs. Mathieu Bauderlique (WBC light-heavyweight final eliminator)
- Filip Hrgovic vs. Zhilei Zhang (IBF Heavyweight Final Eliminator)
- Tyron Spong vs. Andrew Tabiti
- Daniel Rabbit vs. Jozef Jurko
- Ramla Ali vs. Crystal Garcia Nova
- Ziyad Almaayouf vs. Hector Alatorre
Where will Joshua vs Usyk 2 take place?
The venue for Joshua vs Uysk 2 is the King Abdullah Sports City Arena, also known as the Shining Jewel.
The stadium can accommodate up to 62,000 people for a football game, but more are expected to pile up for Joshua vs Usyk 2.
Saudi Arabia has been a controversial host nation, with the oil-rich nation accused of sportwashing after spending huge sums to lure some of the world’s best golfers to their new LIV series.
Hearn, however, dismissed such a comparison. He said: “He’s not worried about a backlash because he’s done it before.
“He’ll end up saying ‘Eddie to you’. I’m not going to pass the ball back to you, but it’s very different when the deal is 50/50. How can we go back to Usyk and say, ‘Let’s do it at Spurs because they’ll just say he’s a non-runner.”
What was said?
Joshua and Usyk met face to face for the first time since their clash last year at the press conference in Saudi Arabia.
“The fight with Usyk, he broke my ass for a few rounds”, Joshua joked.
“And I also have to accept this defeat as a man, I have to be responsible.
“In the September fight, I was wrong and he was right. I just have to reverse that role in August.
“I don’t like to complicate things too much, because there’s simplicity in genius. I’m just going to keep it simple.”
Usyk added: “As you all know, we are not in the best of conditions at the moment at home.
“I’ve never given very loud and brilliant speeches, all I’ve done is work hard in my training camp, my gym, that’s what I’m going to do until the date of the fight.
“Then I’ll get in the ring and make you happy with my boxing.”
Who is Robert Garcia?
Robert Garcia is Joshua’s new coach, with AJ parting ways with longtime manager Rob McCracken following his loss to Usyk last September.
McCracken had led Joshua to Olympic gold at London 2012, his first world title in 2016 and the resumption of his belts in 2019.
But the tactics Joshua used in the loss to Usyk were widely dismissed, so the Watford man went in search of a new voice in the corner.
Step by step Garcia, who has guided 14 different men to world titles throughout his storied coaching career.
Fighters he has trained include former four division champion and his brother Mikey Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Jose Ramirez, Bam Rodriguez, Abner Mares, Nonito Donaire, Brandon Rios and Antonio Margarito.
The Mexican was also a fighter himself and won the IBF super featherweight world title in 1998.
But in 2001, after a knockout loss to Joel Casamyaor, Garcia retired at the age of 26 and decided to focus on coaching.
Garcia is known for being an attacking, Mexican-style coach and will train tactics thinking Joshua needs to beat an elusive southpaw like Usyk.
The 47-year-old said: “We’ll see who the better man is. We’re going to do everything to win those titles back.
“I know he can do it. He’s the bigger man, he’s the stronger man, he has the advantage of reach, so we’re going to take advantage of all of that.
“Come on that day, I think without a doubt, we’re going to have a three-time heavyweight champion of the world.”