By News Team
19th July 2022
Anthony Joshua faces off against Oleksandr Usyk on August 20th, where he looks to reclaim his world titles.
After a shock defeat last September, Anthony Joshua will by vying for vengeance to try and take back his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts. Undefeated Usyk will leave no easy victory for the Brit though.
We provide everything you need to know about one of, if not the most, highly anticipated fights of the year.
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Joshua v Usyk: Fight time, date and location
Date: The long-awaited rematch will take place on Saturday, August 20th.
Location: Although the exact venue is yet to be confirmed, the bout will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Start time: The main event should start at 9pm UK time, but this too is yet to be confirmed.
Streaming: The fight will be live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
Joshua v Usyk: The undercard
The undercard is yet to be released officially; the only fully confirmed event is:
Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO Heavyweight
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Joshua v Usyk: The story so far
The previous fight took place on the 25th September 2021, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Usyk was a mandatory challenger. Usyk was the underdog heading into the matchup but was playing mind games with Joshua before they even stepped into the ring.
During the fight, Usyk showed domination and superiority controlling the pace of the fight and not allowing Joshua to land any damaging shots. Usyk won by unanimous decision, meaning that he took all four heavyweight belts from Joshua, and simultaneously making him only the third unified cruiserweight to also win the heavyweight world title.
Since then, Joshua has reshaped his camp, replacing his long-time coach Rob McCracken, who has been with him since he won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games. His new coach, Robert Garcia, is one of the most decorated coaches in boxing, having helped 14 different men to world titles. Perhaps Joshua felt like the only way to win the rematch was to level up as a fighter, but either way it will be interesting to find out what changes Garcia has made to Joshua’s fighting style and tactics ahead of the much-anticipated rematch.
Both men need the win here, especially Joshua who looks to reclaim his belts and overcome the adversity he has faced in defeat, but also Usyk who will not want to tarnish his perfect record and retain his world titles.
Joshua v Usyk: Latest betting odds
The undefeated Ukrainian will head into this bout full of confidence, being the favourite at 1/2. This is no surprise after seeing the masterclass he performed last time out, where Joshua was outclassed and outboxed. Should the fight go to the final bell, the odds are 5/4 for Usyk to win by decision once again.
Joshua will have other plans for the fight however, and will seek a knockout as his path to victory, which he is 11/4 to achieve. It is notable that following Joshua’s only other defeat to Andy Ruiz, he won the rematch decisively with a round seven knockout. If you fancy Joshua to repeat this feat, he is 9/1 to win in rounds 5-8.
One might take Usyk by knockout, considering 13 of his 19 wins have come by this method, where his odds are a juicy 11/4, but it does depend on whether the Ukrainian has the firepower to stop Joshua for good.