Matchroom Boxing formally announced on Sunday evening that the highly anticipated rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on August 20th.
Usyk dethroned Joshua in September of last year in London, emerging a unanimous points victor after a dominating twelve rounds over the Brit. Joshua enacted a contractual rematch clause shortly after, with the pair set to run it back in April of this year before the Russian invasion of Usyk’s home country Ukraine forced the former cruiserweight king to return home and fight for his nation.
Joshua meanwhile has since teamed up with esteemed American trainer Robert Garcia, who will head up the former two-time heavyweight champion’s camp for the rematch alongside Angel Fernandez. ‘AJ’ also recently took the decision to part ways with long-time broadcaster Sky Sports to sign a long-term deal with streaming platform DAZN, although the UK broadcaster for the rematch is still pending confirmation at the time of writing.
Speaking to Matchroom Boxing, Joshua said, “what a rollercoaster journey, fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world for the twelfth consecutive time. I won the belt, unified the division won another belt, lost the belts, became two-time unified heavyweight champion and now have my date with history set to become three-time unified heavyweight champion of the World. What an opportunity“.
Usyk will no doubt hope to raise awareness for the ongoing situation in his home country Ukraine throughout the rematch, stating “I have a goal, with the help of the Lord I will complete my mission“.
A press conference has been scheduled for Tuesday which will see the pair meet again for the first time since September.