Joshua and Usyk face off | ‘I’m the comeback king
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk rematch: ‘I’m the comeback king,’ says AJ
Anthony Joshua will bid to become a three-time heavyweight champion when he tries to avenge his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk on August 20; Joshua and Usyk held a press conference in Jeddah on Tuesday to announce their rematch
Anthony Joshua faced Oleksandr Usyk for the first time since losing his heavyweight titles last year when the two boxers met at a press conference on Tuesday to announce their August 20 rematch in Saudi Arabia.
The two fighters went head to head on the stage. It turned into an extended face off with neither man willing to break away from their first staredown since the fight.
Usyk tormented Joshua over 12 rounds in September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London to hand the Watford heavyweight a unanimous decision loss and the second defeat of his professional career.
Neither has boxed since but they will fight a rematch this summer in Saudi Arabia with Joshua under pressure to reclaim the unified WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles and recapture his position in the division.
Both Joshua and Usyk won gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Ukraine’s Usyk went on to become the undisputed champion at cruiserweight. Against Joshua he proved that he could handle a leading heavyweight and is now considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world today.