Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will go face to face once more today in London for a press conference to promote their upcoming heavyweight title rematch which will be taking place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in August.
They met last week for a press conference in the Middle Eastern country, but tomorrow will see the pair face the UK media for the first time. The two fighters put on an amicable display at last week’s press conference, even taking the time to pose for a selfie together.
This time, however, there are likely to be more questions on the topic of the country hosting the fight, following allegations of ‘Sportswashing’ in relation to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. Joshua addressed the allegations, saying that he does not know what the term means and that he is happy with the hospitality he has received.
This afternoon’s press conference is scheduled to start at 2:15pm and you can watch a live stream at the top of the page.
Short but sweet from the pair as they now pose for photographs facing off against one another – no tension though as the fighters stare each other down.
Usyk on whether AJ expectations
“I’m not expecting anything from anyone – I think it’s stupid to expect things from people”
“Things are going to be different but so will I.”
“Too much talking for me, less talking more action – let me just get in there and do my job.
“I’m definitely hungry, definitely desperate but how I perform will speak volumes to the masses.”
“It’s very pleasant for me to be here”
“I’m very happy to have my opportunity to have a fight in Saudi Arabia – it opens some new horizons.”
“I love to travel the world”
“Everything I do in my life, the way I live, the way I fight is enjoyment.”
“I’m not fighting for money or recognition.”
“I don’t want to become a great, I’m just doing my job now and will continue to do so while my heart is beating”
Joshua on new trainer Robert Garcia
“Branching out has been good with Robert Garcia, shout out to Rob McCracken and the team – it’s all love”
“I respect him and everything that we’ve acheived – but I need to make some important decisions for myself”
Anthony Joshua on the fight
“It’s hard to say from head-to-heads who is going to win a championship fight”
“I’m just doing what I’m doing, grafting away – it’s hard fighting these lefties but I’m going to dig deep, tuck up and not make the same mistake twice”
‘The objective is undisputed’
Usyk’s promoter has admitted that the next target for Usyk is unification… he seems confident, but should he win will Tyson Fury give him what he wants?
‘London is Usyk’s home town’
Usyk’s representative has said that London is like a home town for the Ukrainian after his 2012 Olympic win before going on to thank the Saudi state for their hospitality at last week’s press conference.
Robert Garcia: “The whole team is very positive”
“We have to do whatever it takes, we have to come out with different strategies in case one doesn’t work”
“Usyk is a great fighter, he came to my gym a few times to train – he’s a talented fighter”
“Come fight night we will do what we need to win”
The fighters are in the house
AJ is being introduced by Eddie Hearn as the challenger, and now Oleksandr Usyk is entering the room sporting a ‘colours of freedom t-shirt for his home country of Ukraine.
What has already been said?
Last week’s press conference saw the pair go face to face in Saudi Arabia, with a friendly showing from both fiighters, here is what they had to say:
“I’m focused on the goal, god willing I’ll perform, and I’ll become three-time Heavyweight Champion of the World. With Andy Ruiz I think a lot of people can see before the fight things weren’t 100%. You’ve got to be strong, thick skinned; we take our loss like a man. When I win, I keep it moving and I thank everybody. When you lose, you have to stay humble as well in defeat. We kept it moving and I knew I could come back again and do what I have to do.”
“I am very happy to be here in Saudi Arabia. It is very pleasant for me and my team. We are doing what we have to do to achieve our goals. I have never made any loud or bright speeches. To become World Champion all I did was work hard in my training camp and gym. That’s what I am going to do until the day of the fight and my boxing will make me happy.”
How much will the fighters earn?
Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will receive a split 50:50 share of the purse for this fight. It has been announced that the world title fight will have massive $80m (£65.4m) sum paid by the middle eastern state to host the rematch.
Both fighters will receive a share with the undercard fighters also being paid from this fund.
Tyson Fury tells Anthony Joshua what he is missing
Tyson Fury has warned Anthony Joshua about Oleksandr Usyk ahead of their August rematch in Saudi Arabia, saying that the Ukrainian to beat Joshua in even more convincing fashion this time around.
Joshua was beaten by Usyk via unanimous decision last September, the second defeat of his career and Fury has been speaking about the undefeated Usyk predicting a win for the 36-year-old.
Joshua vs Usyk 2 odds
Oleksandr Usyk has emerged as odds-on favourite for his rematch with Anthony Joshua which is set to take place in Saudi Arabia on August 20. Usyk currently holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles after beating Joshua in their first fight at the Tottenham Hotpsur Stadium in September 2021.
Where title fight is being held
The Jeddah Super Dome was built in 2021 and has a 35,000 capacity, it has already hosted a big global event in the form of this year’s WWE Elimination Chamber.
Its construction demonstrates the state’s ambition to host large scale international events.
However, there continue to be allegations of so-called ‘sportswashing’, with criticisms of the gulf state’s human rights record after they were awarded the right to stage the fight.
Another friendly affair?
If you are expecting sparks to fly you may be disappointed with relations between the pair seemingly good after the first fight. Usyk praised his opponent after the first fight, saying that criticism of Joshua was ‘unfair’.
Last week saw the pair co-operating well and acting calmly, even taking the time to have a selfie together – perhaps not the drama we often hope for from these occasions but it’s nice to see the respect between the pair.
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk (R) and Britain’s Anthony Joshua pose for a selfie after the press conference to announce the heavyweight boxing rematch for the WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF titles in Jeddah
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 press conference start time and live stream
Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will go face to face once more in London this afternoon after their first press conference in Saudi Arabia last week.