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USYK Vs AJ II, Other Fights

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USYK Vs AJ II, Other Fights

By Olu Allen

Joshua and Usyk will be competing in the early hours of Sunday morning in Saudi Arabia, at 12.30 am in Jeddah, 10.30 pm in the UK, and 5.30 pm on America’s east coast or 2.30 pm in the west.

The match will be the most expensive price Sky have ever placed a pay-per-view at, £27, in order to watch the world title super-fight. Meanwhile, fans in America will get the bout as part of their DAZN subscription, which is just $20, or around £17.

The day will feature 11 fights including the main event, which means they are in for a long night of action. The major names, including Ramla Ali in a history-making women’s bout, a world heavyweight title eliminator between Filip Hrgovic and Zhilei Zhang, and Callum Smith’s return against Mathieu Bauderlique. Also involved is former world champion Badou Jack, facing Richard Rivera in his latest Middle Eastern outing.

Anthony Joshua is looking a lot leaner than usual ahead of the Oleksandr Usyk rematch this weekend! If Joshua wins, he will be joining the likes of Michael Moorer, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Vitali Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev who became the title winner on three occasions. Four boxers have regained the heavyweight title in an immediate rematch, Floyd Patterson in 1960, Muhammad Ali in 1978, Lennox Lewis in 2001, and Anthony Joshua in 2019.

Joshua’s lack of speed could end up being his undoing in his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. It’s gonna be hard to beat Usyk because he’s fast and a puncher. Joshua would have to put a lot of pressure on Usyk and keep it on him all night. Despite Usyk powerful punching, he’s not as accurate. Unlike the first time he must not try to outbox Usyk, he should rather go for the knockout this time.

He would have to get up close and personal and make it difficult for Usyk if he must win this fight.However, Usyk is considered by many to be the favourite but at that weight class, it’s near-enough impossible to accurately predict what’s going to happen when there are so many factors to consider. The Ukrainian looks massive in recent footage from camp and it certainly looks like he’ll be causing AJ huge problems.

The following are the features for the months of August and September:

August 20: San Diego, California (ESPN/ESPN+)

Title fight: Emanuel Navarrete vs. Eduardo Baez, 12 rounds, for Navarrete’s WBO featherweight title

Giovani Santillan vs. Julio Luna, 10 rounds, welterweights

August 20: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Title fight: Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua, 12 rounds, for Usyk’s WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles

Filip Hrgovic vs. Zhilei Zhang, 12 rounds, IBF heavyweight eliminator

Callum Smith vs. Mathieu Bauderlique, 12 rounds, WBC light heavyweight eliminator

Badou Jack vs. Richard Rivera, 10 rounds light heavyweights

Ramla Ali vs. Crystal Garcia Nova, 8 rounds, women’s junior featherweights

August 20: Hollywood, Florida (Showtime)

Adrien Broner vs. Omar Figueroa Jr., 12 rounds, junior welterweights

Title fight: Alberto Puello vs. Botirzhon Akhmedov, 12 rounds, for the vacant WBA “super” junior welterweight title

Title fight: Roger Gutierrez vs. Hector Garcia, 12 rounds, for Gutierrez’s WBA “super” junior lightweight title

Ismael Barroso vs. Fernando Saucedo, 8 rounds, junior welterweights

Fiodor Czerkaszyn vs. Gilbert Venegas Jr., 8 rounds, middleweights

Lenier Pero vs. Joel Caudle, 8 rounds, heavyweights

Rau’shee Warren vs. Francisco Pedroza Portillo, 8 rounds, bantamweights

Atif Oberlton vs. Christian Thomas, 6 rounds, light heavyweights

Sergey Lipinets vs. Carlos Manuel Portillo, 8 rounds, junior welterweights

Evan Holyfield vs. Jurmain McDonald, 8 rounds, junior middleweights.

Miguel Angel Hernandez vs. TBA, 4 rounds, middleweights

Michael Angeletti vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior featherweights

August 27: Tulsa, Oklahoma (ESPN/ESPN+)

Jose Pedraza vs. Richard Commey, 10 rounds, junior welterweights

Jared Anderson vs. Miljan Rovcanin, 10 rounds, heavyweights

Richard Torrez Jr. vs. Marco Antonio Canedo, 6 rounds, heavyweights

Efe Ajagba vs. Jozsef Darmos, 8 rounds, heavyweights

Delante Johnson vs. Harry Gigliotti, 6 rounds, junior welterweights

Kelvin Davis vs. Sebastian Gabriel Chaves, 6 rounds, junior welterweights

Frevian Gonzalez vs. Gerardo Esquivel, 6 rounds, lightweights

Abdullah Mason vs. Angel Rebollar, 4 rounds, lightweights

Dante Benjamin vs. Leandro Silva, 4 rounds, light heavyweights

Haven Brady Jr. vs. Manuel Guzman, 6 rounds, featherweights

August 30: Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Title fight: Petchmanee CP Freshmart vs. Tsubasa Koura, 12 rounds, for Freshmart’s WBC strawweight title

September 4: Los Angeles (Fox PPV)

Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz, 12 rounds, heavyweights

Isaac Cruz vs. Eduardo Ramirez, 12 rounds, lightweights

Jose Valenzuela vs. Jezzrel Corrales, 10 rounds, lightweights

Abner Mares vs. Miguel Flores, 10 rounds, featherweights.

Joseph Spencer vs. Kevin Salgado, 10 rounds, junior middleweights

Ra’eese Aleem vs. Mike Plania, 10 rounds, junior featherweights

September 8: San Jose, Costa Rica (DAZN)

Title fight: Yokasta Valle vs. Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen, 10 rounds, for Valle’s IBF women’s strawweight title and Nguyen’s WBO women’s strawweight title

Title fight: Sonia Osorio vs. Adelaida Ruiz, 10 rounds, for Osorio’s WBC women’s interim junior bantamweight title

September 9: Atlantic City, New Jersey (Showtime)

Shinard Bunch vs. Hugo Alberto Roldan, 10 rounds, junior welterweights

Bernard Angelo Torres vs. Frency Fortunato Saya, 10 rounds, featherweights

Janelson Figueroa Bocachica vs. Roiman Villa, 8 rounds, welterweights

Nicky Vitone vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior welterweights

Norman Neely vs. TBA, 6 rounds, heavyweights

Malik Nelson vs. TBA, 4 rounds, featherweights

September 10: London (ESPN+)

Title fight: Claressa Shields vs. Savannah Marshall, 10 rounds, for Shields’ WBC, IBF and WBA middleweight titles and Marshall’s WBO middleweight title

Title fight: Mikaela Mayer vs. Alycia Baumgardner, 10 rounds, for Mayer’s WBO and IBF junior lightweight titles and Baumgardner’s WBC junior lightweight title.

September 17: Las Vegas (DAZN)

Title fight: Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy Golovkin, 12 rounds, for Alvarez’s WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF super middleweight titles

Title fight: Jesse Rodriguez vs. Israel Gonzalez, 12 rounds, for Rodriguez’s WBC junior bantamweight title

Ali Akhmedov vs. Gabriel Rosado, 10 rounds, super middleweights

Austin Williams vs. Kieron Conway, 10 rounds, middleweights

Diego Pacheco vs. Enrique Collazo, 10 rounds, middleweights

Marc Castro vs. Kevin Montiel, 8 rounds, lightweights

Aaron Aponte vs. Fernando Angel, 8 rounds, junior welterweights

Anthony Herrera vs. Delvin McKinley, 6 rounds, junior bantamweights

September 23: Newark, New Jersey (ESPN/ESPN+)

Title fight: Shakur Stevenson vs. Robson Conceicao, 12 rounds, for Stevenson’s WBC and WBO junior lightweight titles

Keyshawn Davis vs. TBA, 8 rounds, lightweights

Bruce Carrington vs. Jose Argel, 6 rounds, featherweights

Jahi Tucker vs. Jose Luis Sanchez, 6 rounds, welterweights

Henry Lebron vs. TBA, 8 rounds, junior lightweights

Orlando Gonzalez vs. TBA, 8 rounds, featherweights

Floyd Diaz vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior featherweights

Armani Almestica vs. TBA, 6 rounds, lightweights

Pablo Valdez vs. TBA, 6 rounds, welterweights

September 24: Manchester, England

Joe Joyce vs. Joseph Parker, 12 rounds, heavyweights.

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