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Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2: The Big Fight Preview

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The fighters have weighed in, now it's just the small matter of IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua going head-to-head in the ring on Saturday night in Jeddah. 

For Joshua, this being seen by some as a crossroads fight, win and he reclaims his place as the number one fighter in the division following Tyson Fury's retirement, lose and there will be questions about his future as a boxer.

Usyk meanwhile will not just be fighting for glory in boxing's glamour division, but also for the honour of his people in Ukraine. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion served on the front line following Russia's invasion of his home country earlier this year and was persuaded by fellow compatriots to prepare for this fight, and bring some joy to the country. 

This is a heavyweight fight with huge consequences for the division and rightly so. 

Here is everything you need to know ahead Usyk vs. Joshua 2. 

Usyk vs. Joshua 2 coverage 

Usyk vs. Joshua 2 weigh-in results 

Oleksandr Usyk weighed in at 15st 11lbs 10oz, while Anthony Joshua registed 17st 6lbs on the scales. 

Usyk vs. Joshua 2 odds

Oleksandr Usyk: 8/15

Anthony Joshua: 13/8

(Odds sourced via Betfred)

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 fight date, start time

  • Date: Saturday, August 20
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. EST / 19:00 CET  
  • Main event ringwalks (approx): 17:30 EST / 23:30 CET

The main card is scheduled to get underway at 12:00 pm EST / 19:00 CET with main event ringwalks is 17:30 EST / 23:30 CET. These timings could change due to the length of the undercard bouts. 

What channel/stream is Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2

  • United States: DAZN
  • Everywhere but the U.S.: DAZN (excluding the UK, Ireland, MENA and Ukraine)

You can watch Usyk vs. Joshua 2 in the United States with your DAZN subscription. Outside the States (excluding the UK, Ireland, MENA and Ukraine), you can also watch the fight with your DAZN subscription.

Where is the Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 fight?

The fight takes place at the Jeddah Superdome in Saudi Arabia

Oleksandr Usyk record and bio   

  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Born: January 17, 1987
  • Height: 6' 3"   
  • Reach: 78"
  • Total fights: 19
  • Record: 19-0 with 13 knockouts   

Anthony Joshua record and bio

  • Nationality: British
  • Born: October 15th, 1989
  • Height: 6' 6"    
  • Reach: 82"
  • Total fights: 26
  • Record: 24-2 with 22 knockouts

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 fight card

  • Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua for WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles
  • Filip Hrgovic vs. Zhilei Zhang; IBF world heavyweight title eliminator
  • Callum Smith vs. Mathieu Bauderlique; Light heavyweight 
  • Badou Jack vs. Richard Rivera; Cruiserweight 
  • Ziyad Almaayouf vs. Jose Alatorre; Super lightweight 
  • Ramla Ali vs. Crystal Garcia Nova; Women's super bantamweight
  • Andrew Tabiti vs. James Wilson; Heavyweight
  • Ben Whittaker vs. Petar Nosic; Light heavyweight 
  • Daniel Lapin vs. Jozef Jurko; Light heavyweight 
  • Rashed Belhasa vs. Traycho Georgiev; TBA
  • Bader Al Samreen vs. Faud Taverdi; Super lightweight 

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