World heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk will defend his titles in a rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on August 20, promoters introduced Sunday.
Ukraine’s Usyk defeated then WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua by a unanimous determination in London in September final yr.
“Champion Oleksandr Usyk will put his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world titles on the line against Anthony Joshua in the coastal city of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday August 20,” stated a press release issued by promoters Matchroom Boxing.
No sooner had Usyk defeated Joshua 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 on the judges’ scorecards in London then a rematch clause was activated.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, nevertheless, positioned a query mark over when former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk could be again within the ring.
The 35-year-old returned to Ukraine to battle for his nation however was given particular exemption from army obligation with a view to put together for this bout.
“I have a goal, with the help of the Lord I will complete my mission!”, stated Usyk in Sunday’s assertion from Matchroom.
Joshua, 32, has made modifications to his teaching employees as he bids to be topped world heavyweight champion for a 3rd time.
Rob McCracken, the coach who oversaw 2012 Olympic champion Joshua’s rise from the beginner ranks, is now not a member of the group, with Robert Garcia added to the nook to work alongside the already-installed Angel Fernandez.
August’s battle shall be Joshua’s second bout in Saudi Arabia after he regained his world titles with a factors win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Riyadh in December 2019.
Joshua labelled his current profession as a “roller-coaster”, including: “Fighting championship degree again to again has had its professionals and cons, however I determine on daily basis to get stronger, to study from my experiences and develop.
“A happy fighter is a dangerous fighter and I am the happiest and most motivated I have been.”
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