Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2: When is fight, where will it take place and what TV channel is it on


Anthony Joshua’s bid to win back three of the world heavyweight titles from Saudi Arabia’s Oleksandr Usyk on Aug. 20 will be shown on the Sky Sports Box Office, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

Sky surpassed DAZN for the rights to the match in a high-stakes deal, despite Joshua leaving Sky after nine years on a multi-year, multi-fight deal with DAZN, reportedly worth $100 million a year (£ 83 million). The bidding process reportedly reached over $28 million (£23.3 million). The Saudis reportedly paid £98 million to host the match at the King Abdullah Sports City Arena, Jeddah.

Joshua’s DAZN deal was announced in mid-June, but with Sky claiming the broadcast rights, it represents a major boost for the television network, given Joshua’s high-profile departure.

Joshua lost the World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation titles to Usyk on points in London last September. Talks are already underway for the winner to face World Boxing Council champion Tyson Fury when he returns from retirement in early 2023.

Adam Smith, head of boxing development for Sky Sports, said: “Sky Sports viewers have a long history with AJ and have followed every fight of his since he turned pro in 2013. We also know Oleksandr Usyk very well as he played the last four of his Ukrainian fights are exclusively live.

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“This rematch is a huge opportunity with everything at stake and so many questions to be answered.”

Eddie Hearn, who was instrumental in convincing Joshua to switch to digital sports streaming platform DAZN, with whom the promoter has an exclusive deal, will remain the event promoter. Usyk and Joshua earn around £50 million each. Usyk, 35, now considered one of the top four pound-for-pound boxers in the sport, is going into the sequel as a favorite.

Hearn, meanwhile, is about to announce that Conor Benn will face Chris Eubank Jr in October in a match that will evoke memories of their fathers’ two memorable grudge battles in 1990 and 1993.

What is it?

A world heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

When is it?

The fight will take place on Saturday, August 20.

Where is it?

The competition will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

How to watch Joshua-Usyk II on TV

Joshua’s recent fights have been broadcast on Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view, but there will be a bidding war for this fight.

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Anthony Joshua says he is determined to be “the comeback king” and avenge his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last September by becoming three-time world heavyweight champions when they meet in Jeddah.

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The 32-year-old Briton will try to secure the titles of the International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Organization on August 20.

Joshua insists he is ready for Usyk this time. “He was better than me in the first fight that night, but the defeat motivated me,” said Joshua. “Like against Andy Ruiz Jr, I have a second chance. Those who know my story know that I did that as a youngster, where I got into trouble. I’m the comeback king, you can knock me down, but you can hold “Don’t beat me to it. I’m 100 percent focused on being champion again. He kicked me a few rounds, and he was the better man of the night.”

Usyk, who served three months in the territorial regiment in his home country this year fighting the Russian invasion, said one of the most difficult moments of his life was explaining to his children why Russian soldiers “want to kill them.”

“I don’t even know how to explain all this,” said the fighter whose house was at one point taken over by Russian soldiers. “My children ask ‘father, why do they want to kill us?’ And I don’t know what to answer them.

“I really didn’t want to leave our country, I didn’t want to leave our city. At one point I went to the hospital where soldiers were wounded and rehabilitated from war and they told me, asked me to go, fight, fight for the country, fight for our pride. If you go there, they said to me, you are going to help even more for our country instead of being here and fighting within our country.”

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Speaking through interpreter Egis Klimas, his boxing manager, Usyk added: “I know that many of my closest people and friends, close friends, are now fighting on the front lines. What I’m doing now is my way of supporting them With this fight I want to bring them some kind of joy.

“My family is not in Ukraine, but many people I know, my good friends, are in the country. I have contact with them every day and I monitor their feelings, if they are in a safe place.”

“Every day I was there I was training and I asked God ‘please don’t let anyone rob the children, please don’t let anyone shoot me and please don’t let me shoot another person. But if I would have done it if I was in “I felt in danger, if my life was in danger, or if my family’s life was in danger. I should have.”