Usyk-Joshua II confirmed for Aug. 20- in Saudi


The heavyweight title rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua is now set for Aug. 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sources instructed ESPN on Thursday.

The combat was initially being deliberate for July 23, however now Joshua may have practically 30 extra days to work with new coach Robert Garcia.

Once they met final September, Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) dominated Joshua en path to a unanimous determination victory to seize three heavyweight titles. Joshua, 32, rapidly exercised the rematch clause, and neither boxer has competed since.

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Within the meantime, Joshua parted methods with Robert McCracken, the one head coach he’d ever had within the execs. McCracken additionally led Joshua to a gold medal in 2012 as the top coach of the Nice Britain Olympic boxing crew.

One other change for Joshua comes on the printed aspect. The British star has competed completely on Sky Sports activities for the previous eight years, however his deal expired after the Usyk bout. Earlier this week, the streaming service DAZN introduced Joshua has signed a long-term deal to combat completely on its platform.

“I’m getting into a brand new section in my profession with a brand new coaching surroundings, new coaches and now a brand new broadcaster,” stated Joshua, ESPN’s No. 4 heavyweight. “Negotiations at this stage take time, so I’m happy to have all of it wrapped up and now I can absolutely give attention to giving the followers and DAZN what they need — knockouts within the glamour division.”

Nevertheless it was Usyk, 35, who appeared on the verge of scoring the stoppage in Spherical 12. The previous undisputed cruiserweight champion — and fellow Olympic gold medalist — was dwelling in Ukraine together with his household and was there when Russia invaded in February.

In March, Usyk determined to go away the war-torn nation so he may put together for the rematch and the primary protection of his three titles.

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