Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua square off for the second time on August 20 in an important rematch at the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia.
Joshua is looking for revenge after losing the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts to the Ukrainian mastermind last September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The winner was aiming to face WBC champion Tyson Fury next in a historic undisputed fight, only for that fight to be thrown into doubt again after the Gypsy King announced he was quitting for a second time, just days after he said that he made a comeback.
Oleksandr Usyk (left) and Anthony Joshua (right) will square off for the second time on August 20
Usyk waltzed to a stunning unanimous decision victory over the British heavyweight last year
Joshua was heavily criticized after opting against using his obvious physical advantages last time out, instead of trying to box the boxer out in a move that proved disastrous.
The 32-year-old has since left long-time trainer Rob McCracken and teamed up with Robert Garcia, but insisted he now plans to chase the knockout.
Usyk, arguably one of the sport’s pound-for-pound stars, has been given a full camp after taking a step away from boxing to help defend his country amid the ongoing Russian invasion, with the fight pushed back from May and then July.
Joshua will be hoping he can avenge the second defeat of his career, having suffered it against Andy Ruiz Jr, also in Saudi Arabia, back in 2019.
As the play draws ever nearer, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
When is Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua?
The clash between Usyk and Joshua is scheduled to take place on Saturday 20 August at the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia.
The couple is expected to go to the ring shortly before 11pm UK time, but that will of course depend on the results beforehand, with plenty of action also on the undercard.
Also on the card are Filip Hrgovic and Zhilei Zhang, who fought in an exciting heavyweight encounter.
Britain’s Callum Smith is also in action against Mathieu Bauderlique in a WBC light-heavyweight final eliminator, while Badou Jack also takes on Richard Rivera.
How to watch the match
The fight, which will be a 12-round contest, will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office.
It will cost a total of £26.95 for those in the UK, and €31.95 for Republic of Ireland customers.
For those looking to stream the match, you will be able to do so on the Sky Sports Box Office app and website, while replays will take place at 8am and 3pm on Sunday.
Sportsmail will also be covering the match live so you can keep up to date with us.
Usyk vs Joshua: The key stats
Height: 6 feet 3 inches
Height: 6 feet 6 inches
Usyk dominated large parts of the fight and was close to being stopped in the 12th round
The Ukrainian mastermind claimed the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts with the win
Match card in its entirety
- Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua
- Filip Hrgovic vs Zhilei Zhang (IBF heavyweight final eliminator)
- Callum Smith vs Mathieu Bauderlique (WBC light-heavyweight final eliminator)
- Badou Jack vs. Richard Rivera
- Ramla Ali vs Crystal Garcia Nova
- Tyron Spong vs Andrew Tabiti
- Daniel Lapin vs Jozef Jurko
- Ziyad Almaayouf against Hector Alatorre
What has been said?
The pair have been respectful throughout the build-up to the match, as they were before their first meeting.
Joshua admits he was outclassed last September but insists he can turn things around and become a three-time heavyweight champion.
“Blips happen and things happen in life, but resilience, mental toughness and mental consistency will always prevail,” Joshua said at the launch press conference in Saudi Arabia. ‘We’re still on the road to undisputed and there’s just one bump in the road and I’d like to be a three-time world heavyweight champion.
“The fight with Usyk, he destroyed me for a few rounds and I have to take that defeat like a man. I hold myself accountable and I’m someone who can admit when I’m wrong and in the game in September I was wrong and he was right.
“I’ll just have to turn the tables on August 20th. You can put me down, but it’s hard to keep me down.”
Joshua and Usyk have been friendly throughout the build-up to the important match
Usyk, for his part, insisted that it was not titles or applause that he was fighting for.
The Ukrainian also voiced his acknowledgment that Joshua will look like a different challenge this time around, but insisted he would also be a changed fighter.
“I’m not fighting for money or recognition — I don’t need this,” Usyk said. “I don’t need to be the greatest, I’m just doing my job now and will continue to do it as long as my heart beats.
“The only thing I’m on my way to is saving my soul. Everything else is just life.
“I understand that [Joshua] is going to be different, I want it too.