By: Sean Crose
The second go spherical between WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titlist Oleksandr Usyk and the person he gained these belts from, Anthony Joshua, is formally a go. As soon as once more, Joshua will discover himself combating to regain his titles inSaudi Arabia, as he did again in 2019 when he efficiently gained again the belts he misplaced to Andy Ruiz six month earlier. “One of many largest Heavyweight rematches within the historical past of the game,” Matchroom Boxing writes in a press launch, “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 Area that noticed Joshua reclaim his Heavyweight crowns in opposition to Andy Ruiz Jr.”
Usyk soundly outboxed the favored Joshua final September, incomes a judges determination in addition to three world titles within the course of. A rematch was instantly agreed upon by each events, however Russia’s daring invasion of Usyk’s Ukainain homeland this previous winter understandably put issues on ice. Now, with the reported blessing of Ukraine’s powers that be, the undefeated Usyk is ready to face Joshua as soon as extra. “I’ve a aim,” Usyk is quoted as saying, “with the assistance of the Lord I’ll full my mission!”
For Joshua, the possibility to redeem himself as unified champion as soon as extra is a welcome improvement. ” “What a curler coaster journey, combating for the Heavyweight Championship of the World for the 12th consecutive time,” he’s quoted as saying. “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 develop into three-time Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World. What a possibility.”
Talent Problem Leisure honcho Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz – one of many match’s organizers – is thrilled to have Joshua again combating in his nation, this time on the Jeddah Tremendous Dome. “That is one other proud second for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” he states, “bringing the largest rematch in world boxing to our nice nation. Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua are each sensible champions with totally different tales, abilities and types and the entire world will watch them go head-to-head within the ring on August 20 – we sit up for welcoming them.”
Like bin Abdulaziz and Joshua himself, Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn is glad to see his fighter getting the possibility to face Usyk once more. “We’re thrilled to get one of many largest Heavyweight rematches in boxing historical past made,” he claims, “and provides Anthony Joshua the possibility to reclaim what he misplaced in London final September.” All Joshua has to do now could be win – which might be no simple job in opposition to the expert Usyk.
“Combating championship stage again to again has had its professionals and cons,” the favored Londoner says, “however I resolve every single day to get stronger, to study from my experiences and develop. A contented fighter is a harmful fighter and I’m the happiest and most motivated I’ve been.”