Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua II event will feature a highly anticipated rematch between Uysk and Joshua. The event is billed as “Rage on the Red Sea”, and will see Usyk putting his WBA(super), IBF and WBO World Heavyweight Championships on the line.
Usyk defeated Joshua to win those three titles last year on September 25 via unanimous decision. That loss was only the second career loss in Joshua’s pro-boxing career.
Joshua has been in the World title scene since April 2016 when he won the IBF Heavyweight title by defeating Charles Martin. He later added WBAsuper) and IBO titles by beating Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017 before winning WBO title by beating Joseph Parker in March 2018. He suffered his first career loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019, but he won the rematch and won back all the titles six months later.
Usyk had been an Undisputed Champion in the Cruiserweight division before he decided to jump to heavyweight. Upon moving up the weight class, he was made a WBO mandatory challenger. After much delays, Usyk got his shot at all three of Joshua’s titles in September 2021 where he shocked the world by getting a unanimous decision win. Joshua then triggered a rematch clause from his contract to set up their second clash.
In the co-main event, former WBA(super) Middleweight Champion Callum Smith will face Mathieu Bauderlique in WBC Light Heavyweight title eliminator bout. Former Featherweight Olympian Ramla Ali, Heavyweights Filip Hrgovic and Zhang Zhilei will also be on the undercard.
Check below for the details for Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2 – Rage on the Red Sea event with a complete undercard, date, start time, and more information.
- Date – August 20, 2022
- Location – Jeddah Superdome, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- Start Time – 1 PM ET
- Main Event Time – 5 PM ET
- Oleksandr Usyk(c) vs Anthony Joshua – 12 rounds WBA(super), WBO & IBF World Heavyweight Championship bout
- Filip Hrgovic vs Zhilei Zhang – 12 rounds IBF Heavyweight Title Eliminator bout
- Callum Smith vs Mathieu Bauderlique – 12 rounds WBC Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator bout
- Badou Jack vs Richard Rivera – 10 rounds Cruiserweight bout
- Ramla Ali vs Crystal Garcia Nova – 8 rounds Super Bantamweight bout
- Andrew Tabiti vs James Wilson – 8 rounds Heavyweight bout
- Ben Whittaker vs Petar Nosic – 6 rounds Light Heavyweight bout
- Daniel Lapin vs Jozef Jurko – 8 rounds Light Heavyweight bout
- Bader Al Samreen vs Faud Taverdi – 6rounds Lightweight bout
- Ziyad Almaayouf vs Jose Alatorre – 4 rounds Super Lightweight bout
- Rashed Belhasa vs Traycho Georgiev – 4 rounds Welterweight bout
News & Updates
August 18, 2022: Evander Holyfield said Joshua would have to land big shots on Usyk if he wants to win the rematch.
“He has to fight like a big guy. He can’t sit there and tag with this guy, he’s got to hit him with big shots.”Evand Holyfield on Usyk vs Joshua 2, [ht- Sky Sports]
August 16, 2022: Joshua told Daily Mail that he does not like fighting Southpaws and believes he would have smoked Usyk if he was a right-hander.
“I need adjustments to deal with a southpaw because to me these lefties are a nightmare. I swear that if Oleksandr wasn’t a lefty I would have smoked him. One hundred percent.”[ht- Daily Mail]
August 15, 2022: Anthony Joshua said that he always want to outbox his opponent and that is what he is going to do against Usyk.
August 15, 2022: Dazn officially announced that they will air the event Worldwide apart from UK, Ireland and Ukraine.
August 13, 2022: Mike Tyson said during an Instagram Live Session that Usyk is too fast for Joshua to deal with,
“It’s gonna be hard to beat Usyk because he’s fast and he outpunched Joshua with his jab. Joshua has to learn to deal with his jab. He’s too fast for Joshua. Joshua has to put a lot of pressure on him and keep it on him all night.”[ht – PunchNG]
July 27, 2022: Sky Sports officially announced that it will broadcast the event in UK.
July 25, 2022: Usyk said in an interview that the first fight was tougher for him than everyone is thinking.
July 19, 2022: Nursultan Amanzholov’s manager Aamir Ali revealed to Sky Sports that Usyk had been busting up his sparring partners in his ongoing camp and multiple sparring partners had left the camp.
July 7, 2022: Sky Sports won the right to broadcast the fight in UK via PPV. Dazn will broadcast the event in other countries.
June 29, 2022: Usyk said at the London Press Conference,
“I don’t think about him or what he is going to do. Whether he has a new tactic or a new trainer. I really don’t care. I am just thinking about myself.”[ht- Boxing Scene]
June 29, 2022: Joshua blamed his corner for losing the first fight,
“A trainer needs to tap into that psychological aspect now because if you can overcome your mind, you can give more.”[ht- Marca]
June 29, 2022: A second press conference took place in London, UK, to promote the event.
June 21, 2022: Usyk said in the press conference,
“My friends and people close to me, they have died in the war. When so many people are suffering I don’t have any idea how it can influence anything positively. I was there for one month and I saw with my own eyes what happened there… the rockets flying and fighter jets flying. It’s horrible.”[ht- Boxing Scene]
June 21, 2022: Joshua said in the press conference,
“even through the tough times, the hunger is still there. God willing, I’ll perform and I will become three-time heavyweight champion of the world.”[ht – Yahoo News]
June 21, 2022: Usyk and Joshua had a face-off at the kick-off press conference in Saudi Arabia.
June 19, 2022: The rematch between Usyk and Joshua was made official to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and the event was billed as Rage on the Red Sea.