Anthony Joshua is set to rematch Oleksandr Usyk on August 20 at the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia. Joshua will be looking to regain the WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
The Ukrainian defeated Joshua last September via unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. However, Joshua decided to bring in American trainer Robert Garcia to join Angel Fernandez in his corner.
Joshua has had some success in rematches. After losing to Andy Ruiz, the Englishman went on to avenge his defeat to the Mexican.
Looking to avoid his third professional career defeat, many feel as if this is now or never for the Englishman.
Furthermore, as for Usyk, it is a case of more of the same. The Ukrainian looked crisp and sharp in the first fight.
One of the pound-for-pound kings has defeated the likes of Chazz Witherspoon, Derek Chisora and Joshua since moving up to heavyweight.
Usyk is now back in training after he returned to his country of Ukraine to help out with the ongoing conflict with Russia.
Eddie Hearn on Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk
Speaking to Sporting News Australia on the rematch, promoter Eddie Hearn said: He’s (Joshua) got to be himself and not overthink things.
He’s got to go in and use his attributes, his tremendous speed, great power and he’s got to bust Usyk up.
“Usyk will not be able to stand up to the power of Anthony Joshua if he continues to put press on him.
“That first half of the fight is going to be really important that he can either get him out of there or put a nice dent in him to slow him down and take him out of his rhythm.”
Joshua will be itching to prove his doubters wrong when he goes head to head with Usyk once again.
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