Short on words but heavy on intensity, former two-time champion Anthony Joshua summed up the stakes of Saturday’s unified title rematch against Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia as succinctly as can be (5:15 p.m. ET — DAZN subscribe now).
“It’s a must-win,” Joshua said during Wednesday’s final press conference in Jeddah, “but I like the pressure.”
In defense of Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs), he has been here and done that before. The 32-year-old superstar from Great Britain lost his trio of world titles via massive upset to Andy Ruiz in 2019 only to redeem himself six months later, also in Saudi Arabia, when “AJ” carefully outboxed a massively overweight Ruiz to win the rematch.
The differences, however, between the circumstances of this title rematch — not to mention the level of opponent in the 35-year-old Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs), the former undisputed cruiserweight champion who is among the pound-for-pound best fighters on the planet — couldn’t be any different.
The motivation for Joshua might feel a bit familiar but when the two hulking heavyweights finally touch gloves inside the Jeddah Superdome for Usyk’s first defense of his IBF, WBA and WBO titles, the headspace Usyk occupies will undoubtedly unique.
Can Joshua gain revenge with Robert Garcia now part of his team or will Usyk be successful again?
Here is everything you need to know about Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2.
ANTHONY JOSHUA and Oleksandr Usyk faced off TODAY in an intriguing weigh-in ahead of their huge rematch.
Joshua weighed in 17st 6st..and Usyk was pretty much the same as last time on 15st 11lbs.
There had been talk Usyk was going to bulk up but he’s around the same as last time while AJ is 4lbs more.
Stick with us here on SunSport as we bring you the latest reaction from the weigh-in and preview the huge main event this weekend.
Anthony Joshua heads into the biggest night of his boxing career as the underdog against Ukrainian cult hero Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua suffered only the second defeat of his career in 2021 when Usyk triumphed by unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Usyk claimed the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles, and Joshua knows this may be his best and only shot of snatching them all back.
AJ has lost and successfully won the exact same titles back when he took on Andy Ruiz Jr twice in 2019, but Usyk is a level up in stature.
The Ukrainian has transitioned from cruiserweight to heavyweight effortlessly having toppled Chazz Witherspoon, Derek Chisora and Joshua in his last three professional fights to extend his undefeated professional record.
RadioTimes.com rounds up everything you need to know about how to watch Usyk v Joshua 2 via live stream and TV.
What channel is Usyk vs Joshua 2?
Fans can tune in to watch Joshua’s latest fight on Sky Sports Box Office for a one-off cost of £26.95, a small rise on the cost for the pair’s first meeting.
Watch Usyk vs Joshua 2 live stream
If you purchase the event via Sky Sports Box Office, you can choose to enjoy it via TV or online through a live stream service.
Sky Sports Box Office can be streamed through a computer or a mobile device such as a phone or tablet, giving you full flexibility to enjoy how you wish.
When is Usyk vs Joshua 2?
The fight takes place on Saturday 20th August 2022.
TV coverage of Usyk vs Joshua 2 starts from 6pm on Sky Sports Box Office platforms.
Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will not make their ring walks before 10pm as the heavyweights reignite their rivalry in Saturday’s huge rematch.