Unified Heavyweight World Champion Oleksandr Usyk will put his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Titles on the road towards Anthony Joshua within the coastal metropolis of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday August 20.
One of many greatest Heavyweight rematches within the historical past of the game, Usyk vs. Joshua 2, billed ‘Rage on the Crimson Sea’, will happen practically three years on from the historic ‘Conflict on the Dunes’ occasion on the Diriyah Enviornment that noticed Joshua reclaim his Heavyweight crowns towards Andy Ruiz Jr.
Underneath the patronage of HRH Mohammad bin Salman and according to the Kingdom’s Imaginative and prescient 2030 ambitions, the eyes of the sporting world will probably be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as soon as extra as ‘AJ’ goals to precise revenge over Usyk and take his place again on the prime 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 entrance of over 60,000 on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on a memorable night in boxing’s marquee division.
For the reason that pair’s first assembly, former Undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) has gained additional world consideration after placing the rematch on maintain to assist his dwelling nation on the entrance line throughout their ongoing battle.
Usyk mentioned: “I’ve a purpose, with the assistance of the Lord I’ll full my mission!”
“What a curler coaster journey, combating for the Heavyweight Championship of the World for the twelfth consecutive time,” mentioned Joshua. “I gained the belt, unified the division gained one other belt, misplaced the belts, grew to become two-time Unified Heavyweight Champion and now have my date with historical past set to grow to be three-time Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World. What a chance
“Combating championship stage again to again has had its execs and cons, however I resolve on daily basis to get stronger, to be taught from my experiences and develop. A contented fighter is a harmful fighter and I’m the happiest and most motivated I’ve been.
“Thanks to the organisers, to 258MGT, Matchroom Boxing and to all of the boxing followers the world over, with a particular shout out to the Ukrainian followers who’ve been by way of a extremely robust time.”
Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of SCEE, mentioned: “That is one other proud second for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia bringing the largest rematch in world boxing to our nice nation. Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua are each good champions with totally different tales, expertise and types and the entire world will watch them go head-to-head within the ring on August 20 – we stay up for welcoming them.”
Eddie Hearn, Chairman, Matchroom Boxing, mentioned: “We’re thrilled to get one of many greatest Heavyweight rematches in boxing historical past made and provides Anthony Joshua the possibility to reclaim what he misplaced in London final September. The whole lot is on the road for this Unified World Heavyweight Championship bout and it couldn’t be a much bigger contest. We all know Oleksandr Usyk is a superb fighter and we noticed that final outing, however I do know Anthony Joshua is extra decided than ever. It was an enormous success to host Anthony Joshua’s contest with Andy Ruiz Jr. in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2019 and we’re wanting ahead to working with the nation once more to stage this historic occasion. So, little doubt all eyes of the world will probably be on the ring come Saturday August twentieth. This can be a story of redemption, and the countdown begins now.”
Alexander Krassyuk, Usyk’s Promoter, mentioned: “The rematch is on the best way. The combat will probably be a lot greater and extra spectacular than the primary. It’s new historical past within the making. Being part of this occasion is a big honour. Our nation is now combating for its heritage. Our mission is to increase its legacy. With the assistance of the Lord we are going to obtain this.”
Freddie Cunningham, Managing Director, 258MGT, mentioned: “We’re on the verge once more of one other large second in boxing historical past and the profession of Anthony Joshua. Since turning skilled Anthony has by no means shied away from something, he has taken each problem and actively regarded for the largest fights towards one of the best in his division. That is his alternative to grow to be a Three Time Heavyweight Champion of the World and he’ll put every thing into attaining this wonderful feat. An enormous thanks to our staff at 258 MGT, SCEE, Matchroom Boxing and everybody who has helped put this collectively.”
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Press launch courtesy of Matchroom Boxing.