Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua 2 fight date, start time, undercard & odds

There's one month to go til the fight billed as the Rage on the Red Sea!

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*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

We’ve been here before. Anthony Joshua loses his belts and all of a sudden we have a rematch in Saudi Arabia on our hands.

But the defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last year was not as much as a surprise as Joshua’s 2019 loss to Andy Ruiz. The unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was fancied to be a hard-fought win on the Watford boxer’s path to a unification fight with Tyson Fury but he found his Ukrainian opponent too hot to handle.

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Following The Gypsy King’s retirement, Joshua has had to settle for trying to win his belts back as Usyk puts the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO belts on the line when the two face off at the Jeddah Super Dome in August.

The 35-year-old Ukrainian southpaw is 19-0 in professional fights, while AJ’s record sits at 26-2 with those defeats to Ruiz and Usyk – but Joshua has only won two of his last four fights, going back three years. Usyk, meanwhile, is considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world after also winning world titles at cruiserweight level. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the heavyweight title bout…

Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua 2 date and start time

The heavyweight title bout is scheduled to take place on Saturday August 20. Pop that date in your diary. The two fighters are expected to do their ring walks at around 10pm.

Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua 2 undercard

Badou Jack, a former WBC super-middleweight & WBA light-heavyweight champion continues his quest to become a three-weight world champion, as he fights Richard Rivera at cruiserweight in the headline bout on the undercard. ‘Popeye the Sailor Man’ (one of the most memorable nicknames in boxing) is 21-0, while Jack comes into the fight 26-3-3.

Badou Jack v Richard Rivera
Callum Smith v Mathieu Bauderlique (WBC light-heavyweight final eliminator)
Filip Hrgovic v Zhilei Zhang (IBF heavyweight final eliminator)
Tyron Spong v Andrew Tabiti
Daniel Lapin v Jozef Jurko
Ramla Ali v Crystal Garcia Nova
Ziyad Almaayouf v Hector Alatorre

Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua 2 odds

The Ukrainian is the early favourite in our betting markets, being backed by Paddy’s traders to repeat his September 2021 performance.

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