What belts are on the line in Saudi Arabia as boxing titans clash in huge rematch

What belts are on the line in Saudi Arabia as boxing titans clash in huge rematch

By Jack Cunningham

The blockbuster heavyweight rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk is now upon us, and it’s live on talkSPORT.

Britain’s Joshua was no match for Usyk in their last meeting at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and he is out for revenge after losing his heavyweight titles.

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This has the potential to be very special

This fight was scheduled for May, but due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, the clash was postponed.

Usyk returned to his homeland to help out in the military before the country’s sports minister gave him special permission to leave and start training.

The 35-year-old has been gearing up for this fight since leaving Ukraine, and he is ready for the showdown in Saudi Arabia.

However, Joshua is determined to put on a better display.

It’s being billed as the Rage on the Red Sea

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It’s being billed as the Rage on the Red Sea

Joshua vs Usyk 2: What belts are on the line?

The WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and vacant The Ring heavyweight titles will be up for grabs this weekend.

Usyk earned his gold with a near perfect boxing display in London, but he is ready to risk them again to prove he is one of the best around.

However, after Tyson Fury’s retirement and subsequent relinquishing of The Ring Magazine title, that belt will now be on the line too.

However, doubts remain over whether Fury will vacate his WBC title.

Joshua vs Usyk 2: Date and how to follow

This fight is being billed as the Rage on the Red Sea and is onSaturday, August 20.

It will be held in the indoor arena at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Ring walks are expected around 10.30pm with promoters Matchroom confirming the estimated main event start time is10:54pm in the UK, which is gone midnight local time.

talkSPORT will broadcast the highly-anticipated rematch exclusively live and free to air from Saudi Arabia.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.


Joshua has a point to prove

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Joshua has a point to prove

Joshua vs Usyk 2: Undercard

Subject to change

  • MAIN EVENT: Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – for WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles (12 rounds)
  • Filip Hrgovic vs Zhilei Zhang – final eliminator for IBF heavyweight world title (12 rounds)
  • Callum Smith vs Mathieu Bauderlique – final eliminator for WBC super-middleweight world title (12 rounds)
  • Badou Jack vs Richard Rivera – cruiserweight contest (10 rounds)
  • Ziyad Almaayouf vs Jose Alatorre – super-lightweight contest (4 rounds)
  • Ramla Ali vs Crystal Garcia Nova – super-bantamweight contest (8 rounds)
  • Andrew Tabiti vs James Wilson – heavyweight contest (8 rounds)
  • Ben Whittaker vs Peter Nosic – light-heavyweight contest (6 rounds)
  • Daniel Lapin vs Jozef Jurko – heavyweight contest (8 rounds)
  • Bader Alsamreen vs Fuad Tarverdi – super-lightweight contest (6 rounds)
  • MoneyKicks vs Traycho Georgiev – welterweight contest (4 rounds)

Joshua v Usyk 2: What has been said?

Eddie Hearn said: “He [Usyk] looks really big.

“I expect him to try and walk AJ down. I think this fight will be over in six rounds.

“I think it’s going to be a war. I don’t think Usyk wants to be walked down by AJ, to box off the back foot against an aggressive

Anthony Joshua. I except him to be aggressive, and I think he’s going to get knocked out.”

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Source: Talksport.

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