Short on words but heavy on intensity, former two-time champion Anthony Joshua summed up the stakes of Saturday’s unified title rematch against Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia as succinctly as can be (5:30 p.m. ET — DAZN subscribe now).
In defense of Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs), he has been here and done that before. The 32-year-old superstar from Great Britain lost his trio of world titles via massive upset to Andy Ruiz in 2019 only to redeem himself six months later, also in Saudi Arabia, when “AJ” carefully outboxed a massively overweight Ruiz to win the rematch.
The differences, however, between the circumstances of this title rematch — not to mention the level of opponent in the 35-year-old Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs), the former undisputed cruiserweight champion who is among the pound-for-pound best fighters on the planet — couldn’t be any different.
The motivation for Joshua might feel a bit familiar but when the two hulking heavyweights finally touch gloves inside the Jeddah Superdome for Usyk’s first defense of his IBF, WBA and WBO titles, the headspace Usyk occupies will undoubtedly unique.