Oleksandr Usyk to Ensure His Blockbuster Rematch With Anthony Joshua Free to Watch in Ukraine

Oleksandr Usyk to Ensure His Blockbuster Rematch With Anthony Joshua Free to Watch in Ukraine

  • Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua II is billed to hold on August 20, and boxing fans expect a blockbuster clash
  • Usyk, who hails from Ukraine, is making efforts to ensure fans in his home country watch the bout live, for free
  • It was gathered that the state public TV, Suspilne, will air the fight to be staged in Saudi Arabia

Alex Krassyuk, the promoter of Oleksandr Usyk, has disclosed that the rematch against Anthony Joshua will be free to watch for all Ukrainians.

The Ukrainian heavyweight, Usyk, is set for a rematch against his British counterpart as the bout is scheduled for August 20.

Usyk was declared the winner by unanimous decision when they first met back in September 2021, but the rematch is billed to be explosive.

Oleksandr Usyk, Boxing, Anthony Joshua
Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua is billed for August 20 in Saudi Arabia. Photo: Nick Potts
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Usyk is said to have secured TV rights from Saudi authorities in his bid to ensure the fight is free to watch for all Ukrainians.

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Alex Krassyuk said, as per Daily Mail:

“He makes it free to watch via Megogo [streaming service], his YouTube channel and via state public TV 'Suspilne'.”

Following the attack on Ukraine territory, Usyk is ready to fight for his nation:

“I did not want to leave my city. I really did not want to leave my country. But when I went to the hospitals where our wounded soldiers are being rehabilitated they told me to go.
“Go to fight this fight not only for your pride but for Ukraine. You will do even more for our country fighting in the ring than fighting here.
“So now I want to bring some kind of joy to those soldiers and to those staying in the front line by doing what I do.

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“Immediately after I defend my titles against Joshua I plan to return to Kyiv. I must be in my country.”

Joshua speaks on why he lost to Usyk

Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has stated that he never knew he was losing his first fight against Ukrainian sensation Oleksandr Usyk.

The British-Nigerian boxer was outmatched over twelve rounds during the fight last September, but he stated that his team did not tell him he was losing.

AJ severed ties with manager Rob McCracken and his team after they could not tell him the status of the proceedings during the encounter.

Source: SportsBrief.com