struggle date, begin time, TV channel and our prediction

Anthony Joshua’s bid to reclaim three of the world heavyweight title belts from Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia on Aug 20 can be proven on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace.

Sky outbid DAZN for the rights to the competition in a high-stakes deal regardless of Joshua having left Sky after 9 years for a multi-year, multi-fight cope with DAZN, reportedly value $100 million a yr (£83 million). It’s understood that the bidding course of reached greater than $28 million (£23.3 million). The Saudis paid a reported £98 million to host the competition on the King Abdullah Sports activities Metropolis Area, Jeddah.

Joshua’s DAZN deal was introduced in mid-June, however with Sky claiming the broadcasting rights, it represents a significant enhance for the tv community, given Joshua’s high-profile departure.

Joshua misplaced the World Boxing Affiliation, World Boxing Group and Worldwide Boxing Federation belts to Usyk on factors final September in London. Talks are already underneath approach for the winner to tackle Tyson Fury, the World Boxing Council champion, if he returns from retirement, early in 2023.

Eddie Hearn, instrumental in persuading Joshua to modify allegiance to digital sports activities streaming platform DAZN with whom the promoter has an unique deal, stays the occasion promoter. Usyk and Joshua are set to earn round £50 million every. Usyk, 35, is now thought to be within the prime 4 pound-for-pound boxers within the sport, heads into the sequel as favorite.

What’s it?

A world heavyweight struggle between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk for the IBF, WBA and WBO belts.

When is it?

The struggle will happen on Saturday August 20.

The place is it?

The bout can be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Easy methods to watch Joshua-Usyk II on TV

See above: the struggle can be on Sky Sports activities

What’s our prediction?

Gareth A Davies, Boxing Correspondent

If Joshua wins, it will likely be as a result of he implements his gameplan of educated strain within the early rounds and beneficial properties a stoppage within the first seven rounds. If Usyk wins, it will likely be by withstanding the early strain, countering and profitable on factors or by late stoppage between rounds 7 to 11. If I needed to wager on it? Usyk

Newest information

Anthony Joshua says he’s decided to be “the comeback king” and avenge his defeat.

Joshua insists this time he’s prepared for Usyk. “He was higher than me on the night time within the first struggle, however the defeat has motivated me,” Joshua stated. “As I did in opposition to Andy Ruiz Jr, I’ve a second probability. Those that know my story know that I did that as a teen, the place I obtained into hassle. I am the comeback king, you possibly can put me down however you possibly can ‘t preserve me down. I am 100 per cent targeted on being champion once more. He kicked my a– for some rounds, and he was the higher man on the night time.”

Usyk, who has spent three months this yr serving within the territorial regiment in his homeland preventing the Russian invasion, stated that some of the tough moments of his life has been explaining to his youngsters why Russian troopers ‘wish to kill them’.

“I do not even know easy methods to clarify it, all of this,” stated the fighter whose residence was at one stage taken over by Russian troopers. “My youngsters are asking ‘father, why do they wish to kill us?’ And I do not know what to reply to them.

“I actually did not wish to go away our nation, I did not wish to go away our metropolis. At one level I went to the hospital the place troopers have been wounded and getting rehabilitation from the battle they usually have been telling me, asking me to go, to struggle, to struggle for the nation, struggle for our delight. If you are going to go there, they advised me, you are even going to assist extra for our nation as an alternative of it being right here and preventing inside our nation.”

Usyk, talking via interpreter Egis Klimas, his boxing supervisor, added: “I do know a whole lot of my shut individuals and mates, shut mates, are actually on the frontline, preventing. What I am doing proper now’s my approach of supporting them .With this struggle I wish to carry them some sort of pleasure.

“My household just isn’t in Ukraine, however lots of people I do know, my shut mates, are inside the nation. I am in contact with them day by day, and I am checking on their emotions, if they’re in a secure place.”

“Daily I used to be there, I used to be coaching, and I used to be asking God ‘please do not let anyone deprive the youngsters, please do not let anyone shoot me, and please do not let me shoot some other individual. But when I’d have if I had felt at risk, if my life was in jeopardy, or if my household’s life was in jeopardy. I must.”