It's confirmed: Jeddah to host Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk in August
The highly anticipated world heavyweight title rematch will take place on August 20…
Let’s get ready to rumble. Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk has been confirmed for August 20, with Jeddah being the chosen venue for the world heavyweight title fight.
The exact location has not yet been officially confirmed, but according to Sky Sports, the Jeddah Super Dome is the preferred venue to host the event.
Ukraine’s Usyk beat Joshua in front of a sell-out crowd in September last year to claim the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts, but the 32-year-old will have a chance to win back his titles in a fight dubbed ‘Rage on the Red Sea’.
The fight is the latest international sports event to take place in Saudi Arabia, which has recently emerged as one of the fastest-growing countries in world sports.
Skill Challenge Entertainment (SCEE), supported by the Kingdom’s Ministry of Sport, has secured the global rights to the event and will host another unforgettable evening in the history of boxing.
No stranger to the Middle East, Joshua, also an Olymic Gold Medalist, returns to the Kingdom after defeating Andy Ruiz Junior in the famous ‘Clash on the Dunes’, part of Diriyah Season 2019, to regain his heavyweight world titles.
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Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz, chairman of SCEE, stated, “This is another proud moment for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia bringing the biggest rematch in global boxing to our great country. Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua are both brilliant champions with different stories, skills and styles and the whole world will watch them go head-to-head in the ring on August 20 – we look forward to welcoming them.”
Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn said, “We are thrilled to get one of the biggest heavyweight rematches in boxing history made and give Anthony Joshua the chance to reclaim what he lost in London last September. Everything is on the line for this Unified World Heavyweight Championship bout and it could not be a bigger contest. We know Oleksandr Usyk is a great fighter and we saw that last time out, but I know Anthony Joshua is more determined than ever.”
No doubt all eyes of the world will be on the ring come Saturday August 20 in Jeddah. This is a story of redemption, and the countdown starts now.
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