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Usyk VS Joshua: Revanche or Consolidation? 

Written by TrevStone

The first battle between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua was held in London on September 25, 2021. The Ukrainian won by unanimous decision and became the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organization (WBO), and International Boxing Organization (IBO) world champion. After the fight, Usyk returned the championship belts to Joshua, as he should be given personalized ones. When meeting with the Ukrainian, the British boxer said they would see each other again soon. 

So, both boxers immediately agreed on a rematch. At first, they decided to meet in April or May 2022. As the supposed date came closer, the whole world started to make suggestions about when the match will be and the possible result, as it can be as unpredictable as the results of playing online slots at the casino – you never know if you win or lose.  

The only thing everyone knew for sure – the rematch would definitely be held, as Oleksandr Krasyuk, promoter of Oleksandr Usyk, shared that particular clause was in the contract for the first fight with Joshua. Krasyuk said that a limited time is allotted for the second fight. 

Krasyuk also spoke about Usyk’s reaction to possible revenge. According to him, the Ukrainian boxer was delighted with the opportunity to meet Joshua again. He said: “I’ll beat him (Anthony) twice, great,” Usyk’s manager added. 

And today, we know exactly when to expect the legendary event! The rematch between Usyk and Joshua will take place on August 20. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 23:00. The IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO championship belts will be at stake. According to media reports, the organizers paid more than 100 million euros to get this battle. So all eyes will be on the boxing ring, watching the history being written.  

Free Broadcast for Ukrainians 

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk bought the rights to broadcast a rematch against Anthony Joshua, which will take place on August 20. Residents of Ukraine will be able to watch this fight for free, and during its show, funds will be raised to help the state in the conditions of the war against the Russian Federation. According to the athlete’s representative, Usyk wanted to give the Ukrainians a gift, so he bought the rights to broadcast the fight. 

Expert’s Forecast 

Naturally, many sports experts shared their reviews and opinions on the past match, as well as made predictions for the upcoming one. Some think the result might be different, and some believe it will stay the same.  

The famous American boxing coach Teddy Atlas, who previously worked with Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk, believes that the war in Ukraine is a kind of “X-factor” for Oleksandr Usyk in his rematch with Anthony Joshua. According to the expert, the situation in the country can affect Crimean in two ways: 

  • Usyk will probably fight with more power and motivation.  
  • The second option is that when Oleksandr sees that his cities have turned into ruins, Ukraine is divided into parts, and many people are killed, he might think: “In the scheme of life, boxing is not so important”. 

And that might change it a little. But I don’t know how,” said Teddy Atlas. The American coach hopes that Usyk will take the first option, in which he will work in the ring, as the best hope for the Ukrainian people, who now need such support. 

How Is Anthony Joshua?  

Anthony Joshua thinks that Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch must be handled with the intention of “hitting the flies.”  

Joshua adjusted the training staff by appointing Robert Garcia as a new coach to modify the prior extremely critical approach.  

Anthony Joshua has pledged to rediscover his aggressive side when he fights Oleksandr Usyk in a live, exclusive rematch. 

“I want to outbox my opponent, whether it was Usyk or someone else, that was the mindset [in the first fight]. So I want to outbox my opponent and beat him on Saturday,” Joshua said. 

“In my career, I focused more on things like having the best jab, throwing punches, and not getting hit. However, now I understand I have to focus on the aggressive aspect, the competitive spirit, and at the end of the day, I don’t care about the jab; I don’t care how good it is. I don’t care how good my opponent is – my competitive spirit will overcome all obstacles.” So, as you can see, both athletes are charged with extreme motivation to win this rematch. Now it is time to know who win be the winner! 

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TrevStone

Trevor 'TrevStone' Uren founded Pro Sports Extra in 2011 at the age of 13. He's hosted a podcast since 14 years old and continues to grow each month! He's currently 24 years old and has interviewed hundreds of professional athletes, business owners, and others who are shining online! Uren has built Pro Sports Extra to over 5M monthly visitors.