It was nearly a year ago that Anthony Joshua was outclassed and outpunched by Oleksandr Usyk. The first match between the boxers took place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and went 12 rounds with the two battling it out. It ended with Usyk claiming a unanimous decision to win the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles from Joshua.
The Ukrainian was a man on a mission in the first match and will be set on defending the belts against Joshua when they meet in the rematch. Usyk is considered the second best active boxer pound for pound by famed boxing publication The Ring.
In the rematch versus Joshua, Usyk will have the chance to show the world his title win in 2021 was no fluke. Joshua has benefitted from a rematch clause in the contract and he now has the chance to reclaim those lost heavyweight titles.
Critics claim Joshua's fame and fortune have ended the fighter's motivation. Usyk wasn't the first boxer to shock Joshua. Andy Ruiz Jr defeated Joshua in 2019. In the rematch, Joshua got his belts back from Ruiz. Will he get the best of Usyk in the second bout or will the Ukrainian once again dominate Joshua from bell to bell?
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 will be the boxing bout of the year. If you fancy a wager on the big match, then stay up to date with the latest odds, betting promo codes, and bet bonus at Easyodds.
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk Odds
Leading sportsbooks have Oleksandr Usyk as the favourite to win a second straight bout against Anthony Joshua. The Ukrainian has a record of 19-0 with 13 wins by knockout. The first bout between the prizefighters finished in a unanimous decision for Usyk.
Looking at the early odds on Usyk, it is clear that sportsbooks do not see the first match between the fighters as a fluke. While betting odds favoured Joshua ahead of match No. 1, the rematch will see Usyk start the bout as the odds on favourite. It should be noted that Joshua has lost two of his last four fights. The former heavyweight boxing champion could be slowing down at 32.
Usyk has looked impressive in fight camp ahead of the bout. The Ukrainian will be motivated to perform well. Not only is Usyk fighting to retain his heavyweight belts, but he is boxing for a nation. Usyk is a national hero in a country torn apart by war.
Here are the latest odds for Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk:
- Usyk to win 4/9
- Joshua to win 19/10
- Draw 20/1
As you can see, Usyk is the heavy favourite to retain the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles. His win in the first bout have swayed many people to believe a Usyk win is on the cards.
There is a lot riding on this match and it isn't just belts, cash, and winnings. Usyk returned to training after helping out with the war in Ukraine. His motivations going into the fight are different from those of Joshua's. Usyk will have a nation supporting him. Joshua, on the other hand, will be fighting to regain his belts.
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 Date
The fight between Joshua and Usyk was to take place at the end of July. However, after some delay, the exact date has been set for Saturday, August 20, 2022.
All four titles Usyk won from Joshua in the first bout will be on the line in a winner take all bout. It is believed that Tyson Fury could face the winner to unify his WBC and The Ring magazine titles.
Both fighters are now in camp working towards the big day in August. Neither fighter has competed since their first meeting in September 2021. Fans are expecting an epic rematch.
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 Location
Joshua versus Usyk 2 will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The event's venue has not been confirmed as yet.
Joshua faced off with Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019 in a rematch at a purpose built 15,000 seat arena in Diriyah. A similar event venue could be used for Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2.
The fight between Joshua and Ruiz in Diriyah began around 9 p.m. United Kingdom time. Although a time for the rematch between Joshua and Usyk has not been set, it could be booked for a similar time.
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 Streaming
The first boxing match between Joshua and Usyk was shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office. The pay per view bout cost £24.95. Unfortunately for Sky Sports subscribers, Joshua is no longer working with the television provider. He ended an eight year television broadcast agreement with the company.
The British boxer is now a part of the growing DAZN streaming family. He signed a reported $100 million contract with DAZN. The sports streaming platform has exclusive rights to show all of Joshua's bouts. Unfortunately, it is claimed that these exclusive streaming and broadcast contracts are the reason major fights between top level boxers are not taking place in modern boxing.
Joshua isn't the only person in the boxing industry to move from Sky Sports to DAZN in recent times. In 2021, Eddie Hearn moved several fighters from his group to DAZN.
A DAZN subscription costs £7.99 a month in the UK. For big fight night events, there is likely to be an additional fee on top of the monthly charge to be added in the future.
What Happened in the First Fight?
The first fight between Joshua and Usyk ended in a unanimous decision win for the Ukrainian. The match took place on 25 September at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Going into the first match, Usyk was a major underdog according to many pundits and fans. His size was questioned and there was a belief that the fighter lacked power. Despite these concerns from pundits and fans, Usyk produced an upset for the ages.
Usyk outboxed Joshua from the first bell. The bout went 12 rounds with Usyk rocking Joshua more than once. By the time the final bell had rung, Joshua had been beaten up by Usyk and left wobbly on multiple occasions during the fight.
The judges awarded Usyk the win with scores of 117–112, 116–112, and 115–113. Not only did Usyk win the four belts previously worn by Joshua, but he retained his undefeated record.
After the first bout, Usyk spoke to the media, stating: "This means a lot for me. The fight went the way I expected it to go. There were moments when Anthony pushed me hard but it was nothing special. I had no objective to knock him out because my corner pushed me not to do that. In the beginning, I tried to hit him hard, but then I stuck to my job."
Who Was the Favourite in the First Fight?
Joshua was a massive favourite in the heavyweight division fight when these boxers tangled in London in 2021. Joshua was at the best betting odds of 1.37 (-275). Usyk odds to win the first fight were at a brilliant 3.25 (+225).
This time around, Joshua is the underdog. Bookmakers do not believe the first fight was a fluke. There is criticism that Joshua's fame and fortune have gone to his head. The hunger may be gone from the British boxing star. Can AJ claim a victory in the rematch? If he does, the world could finally see the long awaited Joshua versus Tyson Fury fight.
Where Was the First Fight Held?
The first fight was held on September 25, 2021, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Anthony Joshua Record
Joshua goes into the rematch with Usyk with a record of 24-2. The British boxing star has won 22 fights by knockout.
Joshua's loss to Usyk wasn't his first title defeat. In 2019, the boxer lost to Andy Ruiz Jr in a shocking bout. Ruiz knocked out Joshua in Madison Square Garden in the British fighter's first major boxing match in the United States.
Oleksandr Usyk Record
Usyk is undefeated in the ring. He has a record of 19-0. Thirteen of Usyk's wins have come via knockout. Usyk will defend the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles in the rematch versus Joshua.
Will the Winner of Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 fight Tyson Fury Next?
The winner of Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 will face off with Fury in a future bout. According to Fury, he tried to fight Joshua "six times in five years". Despite the heavyweight's attempts to battle Joshua, the two camps could not come to an agreement on a bout.
Fury and Joshua's camps were in negotiations to fight before the latter's match with Usyk was demanded by the WBO.
Fury defeated Dilian Whyte in April 2022 with a TKO to retain his WBC and The Ring magazine belts. After the fight, Fury announced his retirement from boxing. However, Fury has stated he will come out of retirement to fight the winner of Joshua versus Usyk.
If Fury and Joshua finally meet in the squared circle, then it would be one of the biggest money fights in the history of boxing. One of the main reasons the two fighters have not squared off previously is due to the different broadcast companies that have rights to their fights.
Television and pay per view broadcast rights have caused a schism in boxing. Fighters with contracts to different broadcasters have been unable to meet in the ring due to the murky waters created by these deals.
Will Anthony Joshua Retire if he Loses?
As it stands, it doesn't appear that Anthony Joshua will retire after the August bout with Usyk. For years, Joshua's big rival, Fury, has been calling for the boxer to call it quits. After Joshua lost the first match to Usyk, Fury claimed that the British fight star had lost what it takes to be the best.
Prior to the original fight with Usyk, Joshua had revealed his retirement plans. However, those initial plans were thrown into chaos after losing to the Ukrainian. Luckily for Joshua, there was a rematch clause written into the contract. If Joshua is able to win back his heavyweight belts, he could decide against facing Fury and retire from the ring.
Oleksandr Usyk Preparations with the Russia-Ukraine War
In March, it was revealed that WBO belts holder Oleksandr Usyk was preparing for the rematch with Joshua following his departure from Ukraine. Usyk had returned to the country to help fight against Russia.
Usyk stated: "In this way, I can help my country more and better than I would by being in the Territorial Defense and running around Kyiv with a machine gun."
The fighter continues to increase his training to battle Joshua. Videos of Usyk's fight camp have shown a hungry fighter that is not ready to rest on his laurels. Usyk will have an entire country supporting him.
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 Prediction
The bookmakers have Usyk as the favourite for a reason. His best odds are at 1/2 currently. These could change as the fight draws near. Right now, it shows that the first fight in London was no fluke.
Joshua is three years younger than Usyk, but the fire may have gone out of the heavyweight boxer. Critics have stated that Joshua is content with his fame and fortune, and has taken his eyes off the prize.
It shouldn't be ignored that Joshua has lost two of his last four matches. He fell to Ruiz in June 2019 before getting the belts back in the rematch in Saudi Arabia. Could the Middle Eastern country be second time lucky for Joshua?
There is the chance that a big money fight will take place between Fury and Joshua in 2023. For this to occur, Joshua must tally a victory on August 20. The first bout went all 12 rounds with Usyk battering Joshua. The Ukrainian was the better man on the day. Usyk will be motivated to win once more. The rematch isn't just about belts and cash. Usyk will have his country behind him. Moreover, he will box to show the world the first fight wasn't a fluke. Our betting tips prediction is to back Usyk to win for a second time versus Joshua and to reclaim the heavyweight belts.