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Oleksandr Usyk puts Anthony Joshua rematch on free TV and his YouTube channel for people of Ukraine after being gifted rights by Saudi organisers

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By Michael Benson

Oleksandr Usyk is making his rematch with Anthony Joshua free to watch for all the people of Ukraine after being gifted TV rights for the fight by its Saudi organisers.

The heavyweights are due to meet again on August 20 in the Middle Eastern nation after the Ukrainian previously dethroned the Brit of his WBA, IBF and WBO belts in September of last year.

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Usyk and Joshua will meet again on August 20

It was not expected that it would take 11 months for the second fight to happen, however a big delay was caused by Russia’s invasion of Usyk’s home country.

The 35-year-old initially signed up to join his local territorial defence force in Kyiv, before ultimately being persuaded to leave and train for the AJ rematch.

The war in Ukraine remains ongoing with a great number of Usyk’s compatriots enduring awful suffering as a result.

On August 20, he will return to the boxing ring and attempt to bring a source of joy and pride to his country by retaining the heavyweight championship of the world.

Joshua’s promoter and fight organiser Eddie Hearn agreed a deal to take the rematch to Saudi Arabia, and also sold all the global TV rights to the Saudi organisers as part of this pact.

For the UK, they have done a deal that will see the fight shown on Sky Sports PPV at a price of £26.95, while talkSPORT will have live and free radio coverage.

Usyk joined the Kyiv territorial defence when Russia invaded

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Usyk joined the Kyiv territorial defence when Russia invaded

For Ukraine, an unexpected twist has taken place.

Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has revealed to talkSPORT.com that Usyk himself attempted to buy the TV rights from the Saudi organisers so that he could then put in on free TV in his homeland.

Upon hearing this, the Saudis refused to accept any payment from him and instead informed him that they would gift him the rights free of charge to allow him to do this.

Krassyuk told talkSPORT.com: “He intended to buy, but received it [free] for Ukraine.

“He makes it free to watch via Megogo [streaming service], his YouTube channel and via state public TV ‘Suspilne’.”

The Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua rematch will be live and free on talkSPORT in the UK, August 20.

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Source: Talksport.

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