It was anticipated, and now it’s formally official. Oleksandr Usyk will defend the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles towards Anthony Joshua in an Aug. 20 rematch from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The official announcement didn’t embody broadcast particulars, however with Joshua recently signing a major partnership deal with DAZN, the expectation for now’s that it’s going to air on regular DAZN in most territories, possible together with the U.S., and on DAZN pay-per-view in the UK.
That’s, once more, not official. There’s the possibility that it is also on DAZN PPV within the U.S.; High Rank and ESPN lately tried out Saturday afternoon PPV within the States for Fury vs Whyte in April, and in the event that they suppose they’ll make sufficient extra cash on it, it might occur for this, too.
The discharge additionally has a really temporary quote from Usyk, who merely said, “I’ve a aim, with the assistance of the Lord I’ll full my mission!”
Usyk (19-0, 13 KO) upset Joshua (24-2, 22 KO) final September at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London. Joshua shall be working with new coach Robert Garcia for this combat.
“What a curler coaster journey, preventing for the heavyweight championship of the world for the twelfth consecutive time,” stated Joshua. “I gained the belt, unified the division gained one other belt, misplaced the belts, turned two-time unified heavyweight champion, and now have my date with historical past set to turn out to be three-time unified heavyweight champion of the world. What a chance.
“Combating championship degree back-to-back has had its professionals 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.”
The occasion is being dubbed “Rage on the Crimson Sea,” I assume as a result of boxing folks nonetheless suppose there’s an opportunity they’re going to strike advertising gold like “The Rumble within the Jungle,” and many others., despite the fact that no one goes to make use of that as a hashtag.
For these within the early odds, DraftKings Sportsbook currently have Usyk as a -215 favorite, with Joshua at +175.