Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2: Date and Venue Revealed

Published 06/20/2022, 11:47 AM EDT
Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk go head to head during the weigh-in as promoter Eddie Hearn looks on Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 is now official and set. One of the biggest events in the heavyweight division of boxing is now only two months away from going down. The duo first met in September of last year, and Usyk dominated Joshua to win by UD. For Joshua, it is time for payback; it is time to avenge yet another loss in pro boxing. In one line, for everyone present, and those watching around the world, it is time to get ready to rumble.

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Eleven months since the last fight, and here we go again. Anthony Joshua, with twenty-six bouts on his resume, is the former two-time unified world heavyweight champion in boxing.

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Only two individuals have been successful enough to dethrone Joshua and add the term ‘former’ beside the long-phrase ‘unified world heavyweight champion.’ One is Andy Ruiz Jr., a defeat Joshua avenged in their second meet, and the other is the unbeaten Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk.

The date and venue for the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk

Fans cannot wait for the rematch ever since the two last met in September 2021. According to ESPN’s P4P divisional ranking, Anthony Joshua ranks 4, and Oleksandr Usyk 2. In the top ten, next to Tyson Fury and other than Joe Joyce, Usyk is the third fighter who has absolutely zero losses in pro boxing. It is the UD defeat to Usyk, the only unavenged loss that disturbs Joshua’s otherwise perfect record since September 25.

According to sources, Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2 will take place on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Prior to this second fight, let’s have a look at some of the best moments from Joshua vs Usyk 1.

Some best moments from Joshua vs. Usyk 1

Joshua entered the bout weighing at 240lbs and with 10 title bouts on his name. As opposed to ‘AJ’, Usyk entered the fight weighing at 221 1/4lbs and with 7 title bouts to name. Both of them started with high guards, and Usyk landed the first shot of the night. It was a straight left hand. They both showed respect for each other’s power; and with the cross hand protecting their chins, measured one another with jabs.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Usyk demonstrated great movements, considering his weight and division. Continuously, he stayed light on his toes and in the third round jumped right on ‘AJ’ with a cross, followed by a poking lead hand. In the ninth round, with a little over twenty seconds left, Joshua hit Usyk with a good right hand to the body and pushed the latter to the ropes. However, Usyk got ‘AJ’ in a clinch and the round ended with the referee breaking the duo.

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Even in the upcoming rounds, Usyk remained light on his feet, moved up and down, and demonstrated his impressive stamina. It was his mobility, stance, and especially the distribution of space between the two feet that worked out so well. He kept the jab hand busy, moved in and out, and at times barely allowed Joshua to breathe. In the twelfth and final round, Usyk corned an exhausted ‘AJ’ and relentlessly poured in his shots.

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Well, who do you think will seal the deal this time around? Do you believe ‘AJ’ can avenge this loss? Let us know in the comments.

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Samrat Sardar

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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports and is currently a final year undergraduate student of English literature. A passionate content creator, he has been writing since his high school days, and possesses work experience as a commercial writer for companies such as WordsKraft among others. Samrat believes he fell in love with boxing the day he watched Vasiliy Lomachenko share the ring with Guillermo Rigondeaux.

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