Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 news LIVE: Press conference fallout ahead of Saudi Arabia fight

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Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 news LIVE: Press conference fallout ahead of Saudi Arabia fight

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are just two days away from their highly-anticipated rematch in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where “AJ” will look to regain his heavyweight titles from the unbeaten Ukrainian.

Last September, Usyk comprehensively outpointed the Briton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London to take the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts. In doing so, Usyk became a two-weight title holder, having previously reigned as the only undisputed cruiserweight champion of the four-belt era. The 35-year-old’s pedigree is unquestionable, and if Joshua is to dethrone Usyk, he will have to do what no man has done and defeat his fellow Olympic gold medalist.

Much has been made of Joshua’s decision to add Robert Garcia to his coaching team, and the onus is on the American and Angel Fernandez – already a part of AJ’s set-up – to draw up with a gameplan to overcome Usyk on Saturday night. Wednesday saw Joshua and Usyk involved in a tense staredown after their pre-fight press conference, while the weigh-ins are set to take place on Friday. Here’s all the latest news as the build-up to Usyk vs Joshua 2 continues:

Usyk vs Joshua 2 news LIVE

  • Joshua faces Usyk in Saudi Arabia on Saturday in heavyweight title rematch

  • Unbeaten Usyk dethroned Joshua with decision win in London last year

  • Usyk sings Ukrainian battle song after intense staredown with Joshua

  • Weigh-ins are set for Friday, before biggest fight of Joshua’s career

  • Undercard features Saudi Arabia’s first professional women’s fight

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17:55 , Alex Pattle

A “re-invented” Anthony Joshua said he is well aware of Oleksandr Usyk’s tricks and knows what he must do to defeat the Ukrainian when they meet in their rematch in Jeddah this Saturday.

Usyk beat Joshua in front of a sell-out crowd at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September to take the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts. The 32-year-old Briton, who now has a new trainer in American former super-featherweight world champion Robert Garcia, said he learned a lot from his first meeting with Usyk.

“I know what he’s going to do, I know what I’ve got to do,” Joshua told the BBC. “I’ve been in there before, I know his tricks. I’ve got to go change the narrative. I’m the author of my own movie.

“I took myself to the United States, worked with some new trainers. I just wanted to kind of revamp things. I’m going to be 33 in a couple of months. I want to try something new, I want to revamp myself, reinvent myself – let me bring in some new coaches.”

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‘I’m the author of my movie’: Anthony Joshua says he knows how to beat Oleksandr Usyk

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17:35 , Alex Pattle

Anthony Joshua has mischievously forecasted a first-round knockout of Oleksandr Usyk when he attempts to reclaim his position as unified heavyweight champion in Jeddah on Saturday.

Joshua has spent the last four weeks in Saudi Arabia finalising preparations for ‘Rage on the Red Sea’ and on Monday he began media duties in a chaotic function room at the Shangri-La hotel.

Looking to win back the belts he lost to Usyk when they first clashed at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium almost a year ago, the 2012 Olympic champion looked relaxed as he painted the picture of an early-stoppage win.

“I’m going to come out… ding ding ding round one. Good defence, thinking positive, step forward… boom boom… one-two… Usyk drops… Joshua becomes three-time champion of the world in Saudi Arabia. Life is good!”

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Joshua eyes early stoppage against Usyk in bid to reclaim world titles

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17:18 , Alex Pattle

Oleksandr Usyk performed a Ukrainian anthem about fighting for independence after warning Anthony Joshua he faces a continuation of the dismantling he endured in their first clash.

Dressed in a traditional Cossack outfit for Wednesday’s head-to-head press conference, the unified world champion remained on stage after he had faced off with Joshua to sing ‘Oi u luzi chervona kalyna’.

The 1875 call to arms was inspired by Ukraine’s 18th century battle for independence and is now intoned as a display of defiance in the face of Russia’s invasion.

Usyk served as a military volunteer in Kiev before being told he would better represent his nation by successfully defending the WBA, IBF and WBO titles he seized from Joshua almost a year ago.

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Oleksandr Usyk hits right notes with Ukrainian song at Anthony Joshua face-off

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16:53 , Steve Bunce

In defeat by Oleksandr Usyk last September, Anthony Joshua changed trainers and he has since shared some of the confusion that he was hearing when he went back to the corner on the night. He left the ring defeated, his face smeared in blood and told Eddie Hearn, his promoter, that he wanted a rematch.

The pair were deep in conversation on the way back to the dressing room, walking through thousands at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the flashes from phones illuminating their retreat. Joshua was too passive; this is his redemption out here on the Red Sea.

There is no room in boxing history for the story behind a loss, no time for a catalogue of errors. Nobody cares – he has to put it right once again in Saudi Arabia.

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Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk ready as boxing world descends on Jeddah

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16:29 , Alex Pattle

Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter has said Anthony Joshua’s tendency to ‘think’ too ‘thoroughly’ will be the Briton’s downfall in Saturday’s heavyweight title rematch.

Joshua and Usyk will clash in Saudi Arabia, as “AJ” tries to regain the belts that he lost to the unbeaten Ukrainian in London last September.

Usyk, 35, is the favourite in the rematch, having comprehensively outpointed Joshua, 32, last year. And Krassyuk feels that his fighter’s boxing ability will not be the only decisive factor in Jeddah.

“The weak thing about AJ that we know is that he is a very thorough thinker,” Krassyuk said. “He likes to think over everything. He likes to think a lot about how not to make a mistake.

“That takes time and energy, and that’s something he should not do in the ring, because in the ring a quarter-second equals the result.”

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Anthony Joshua’s ‘thinking’ will be his downfall against Oleksandr Usyk

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16:03 , Alex Pattle

What if Anthony Joshua loses to Oleksandr Usyk again this weekend?

“If you lose, you lose to a pound-for-pound No 1, and then you regroup and you go again,” Hearn told The Independent this summer. “But obviously you want to win, and if he wins, I believe the Tyson Fury fight will happen; if he doesn’t, he goes back to being a contender again.”

There is nothing wrong with Joshua being a contender. In fact, that status could open up the most interesting phase of AJ’s career, with the possibility of fights against the likes of Deontay Wilder, old foe Dillian Whyte, fellow Olympic medalist Joe Joyce, and up-and-comer Daniel Dubois.

And, if all goes well, such a period could build Joshua back up to a title shot. More intriguingly, though, it could reintroduce fans to the AJ who was so enthralling in the first place: the swaggering juggernaut who provided British followers with so many entertaining evenings that guaranteed knockouts and little else.

If that is indeed how Joshua is to be remembered – knockouts and little else – would that really be so bad?

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What if Anthony Joshua loses to Oleksandr Usyk again?

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15:29 , Alex Pattle

How do you see Saturday’s main event playing out? Thus far, Indy Sport’s team members are unanimous in predicting a win for Oleksandr Usyk.

One writer believes that the Ukrainian will again win via decision, while two – this one included – predict that Usyk will stop Anthony Joshua (on the feet perhaps) in the latter half of the fight.

Joshua has been urged to take a more aggressive approach this time around, but that may just play into Usyk’s hands...

Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk takes part in a public workout in Jeddah (AP)
Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk takes part in a public workout in Jeddah (AP)

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15:13 , Alex Pattle

Anthony Joshua claimed this week that he would ‘smoke’ Oleksandr Usyk if the Ukrainian were not a southpaw.

Usyk earned a decision win against Joshua in London last September, taking the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles from the Briton in doing so. “AJ” will try to regain the belts and avenge the loss when the pair clash again this Saturday, their rematch taking place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The consensus among pundits is that Joshua, 32, must take a more aggressive approach than in his first fight with Usyk, 35, but the former champion has explained his tactics from that bout and why implementing aggression is not as easy as it seems.

“It sounds crazy,” Joshua said via the Daily Mail, “but I’m not going to lie: My objective was never to hurt him, to land damaging punches; my aim was to go the full 12 rounds and prove I could box as well as he does, to land scoring punches. But I didn’t work hard enough to prepare for a 12-round fight at that pace. I wasn’t in the right mindset – that of wanting to go in there and smash him.

“Using my size and power this time is evident, isn’t it? But to work on it is easier said than done. I need adjustments to deal with a southpaw, because to me these lefties are a nightmare. I swear that if Oleksandr wasn’t a lefty, I would have smoked him – 100 per cent.”

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Anthony Joshua: I would have ‘smoked’ Oleksandr Usyk if he wasn’t a southpaw

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14:44 , Jack Rathborn

Here’s a look back on the night Usyk defeated Joshua:

Anthony Joshua suffered a stunning upset at the hands of the masterful Oleksandr Usyk to relinquish his world titles and dent his hopes of becoming the undisputed heavyweight king.

Usyk emerged victorious on all three judges’ scorecards (117-112, 116-112, 115-113) to become a two-weight world champion, picking up Joshua’s WBA, WBO and IBF belts in a majestic display.

A feverish atmosphere greeted both men in the ring with 63,000 fans crammed in at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The tantalising prospect of an undisputed fight with Tyson Fury was cruelly snatched away from the boxing world this summer after a squabble in the courtroom.

And the richest fight in boxing history has been kicked further down the road, with Joshua now in a precarious position once more and tasked with avenging this agonising defeat once he inevitably activates his rematch clause.

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Oleksandr Usyk stuns Anthony Joshua to become world heavyweight champion

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14:18 , Sarah Rendell

Former world champion Johnny Nelson says if Anthony Joshua can defeat Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch it would be the “biggest win of his career”.

Joshua will take on Usyk on Saturday after losing to his opponent last September. Nelson believes if the British star can win his belts back it would be bigger than if he went onto defeat Tyson Fury.

“I believe it would be [the biggest win of his career],” he told the Mail. “You’ve got to look at credentials of the fighters coming through. Usyk was a unique fighter, the cruiserweight undisputed champion.

“He has all the pedigree. So, on paper, he’s technically the best win out there in the world for Anthony Joshua.”

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13:55 , Sports Staff

In other boxing news...

Deontay Wilder will return to the ring against Finland’s Robert Helenius on 15 October in his first fight since the completion of his trilogy against Tyson Fury last year.

Former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (42-2-1) was stopped in the 11th round by Fury in Las Vegas for his second straight loss to the Briton, who retained the WBC heavyweight title in the process.

Their first fight in December 2018 ended in a split draw.

“It’s been a long journey for me and as of today it continues,” the 36-year-old, who was honoured with a statue in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama earlier this year, said on Wednesday.

“I thought so many times about whether I should stay out of the business or come back. Once I got my statue in my hometown and saw so many people arrive and celebrate with me... made me feel like my job is not done.”

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Deontay Wilder set for first fight since Tyson Fury trilogy

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13:36 , Sarah Rendell

Carl Froch believes if Anthony Joshua has a “bad defeat” in his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk then the British boxer could hang up his gloves.

Joshua is due to fight Usyk on 20 August after losing to the Ukrainian last September. Froch does not know where the 32-year-old would go if he were to suffer another damaging loss.

“If Anthony Joshua loses his rematch to Oleksandr Usyk and it’s a bad defeat – a conclusive points loss or a heavy knockout – it could be the end for AJ,” Froch wrote in his BBC Sport column. “I just don’t see where he can go after back-to-back defeats.

“I wholeheartedly want him to win and I am not totally writing him off. He has all the physical attributes, he’s big enough and strong enough, but I have to be brutally honest and say I don’t think he will win.”

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Anthony Joshua could retire with second defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, says Carl Froch

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13:18 , Alex Pattle

In 2019, when Anthony Joshua avenged his June stoppage defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr with a points win over the Mexican-American six months later, Rob McCracken rightly ensured that AJ traded a reckless, knockout-orientated approach for a more measured and disciplined one. The revised game plan paid off, as Joshua jabbed Ruiz Jr to pieces in Riyadh, rather than propelling himself onto Ruiz’s gloves as he had in New York City.

For Joshua’s new coach Robert Garcia, the objective is the opposite. The American must ensure that Joshua avoids any attempt to outbox Oleksandr Usyk.

Of course, that is an oversimplification; simply encouraging Joshua to take a more aggressive approach will not solve the Briton’s problems or Usyk’s puzzle.

Therein lies the most frustrating factor for Joshua: his best option is still a bad one. So, on Saturday night, Garcia will guide Joshua through the biggest fight of the Briton’s career with what is likely to be a problematic game plan but the best the pair can produce.

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Robert Garcia must solve Joshua’s problems to solve Usyk puzzle

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12:58 , Alex Pattle

Ramla Ali said she views Saudi Arabia as a “very progressive country” as she defended her decision to fight in the kingdom.

Ali will take part in the first women’s bout to be staged in the country when she faces Crystal Garcia Nova on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah.

The British-Somali fighter approaches the historical moment as a chance to inspire Saudi girls and women by “being part of change”, but human Amnesty International sees it as an example of the regime attempting to sportswash its dismal human rights record.

Women in particular have limitations placed on their freedom and earlier this week 34-year-old former Leeds University student Salma al-Shehab was sentenced to 34 years in prison for sharing critical posts on social media.

Here’s what Ali had to say:

Ramla Ali sees Saudi Arabia as ‘very progressive’ ahead of historic Jeddah fight

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12:34 , Alex Pattle

Anthony Joshua bristles at the debate over his future if he loses Saturday’s career-defining rematch with Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah.

Joshua is seeking to reclaim the titles he lost to pound-for-pound contender Usyk through an emphatic points decision at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September.

If successful, the Briton will become a three-time heavyweight world champion having previously avenged a stoppage defeat by Andy Ruiz in 2019.

Victory at the King Abdullah Sports City would likely set up a potential seismic domestic showdown with Tyson Fury, while a third professional loss would propel him below Usyk and Fury in the division’s hierarchy.

With the crossroads moment beckoning, Joshua has faced repeated questions over the consequences of classy southpaw Usyk retaining the belts and the 32-year-old has hinted he could walk away.

Here’s what he had to say this week:

Anthony Joshua bristles at talk of retirement after Oleksandr Usyk fight

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12:10 , Alex Pattle

Oleksandr Usyk used his public workout for Saturday’s clash with Anthony Joshua to display his lightning-fast reactions through a trick involving four coins.

Standing in the centre of the ring at the Saudi Airlines Club, the Ukrainian unified heavyweight champion lined the coins up on his hand, wrist and arm before flicking them into the air and catching each one.

It was an impressive display of dexterity and was the centrepiece of a 10-minute session that also included some dance moves.

At Monday’s arrival event, he carried under his arm a stuffed toy donkey that was given to him by his daughter before he joined the war effort, from which he was eventually given dispensation to defend his belts in Jeddah.

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Oleksandr Usyk shows off speed in workout ahead of Anthony Joshua rematch

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12:06 , Alex Pattle

Saudi Arabia will host a professional women’s boxing match for the first time when Ramla Ali fights Crystal Garcia Nova this Saturday.

The country has historically imposed numerous restrictions on women, but Ali and Nova will break new ground when they clash on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

Ali (6-0, 1 knockout) is Somalia’s first professional women’s boxer as well as an Olympian, model, author and activist. Ahead of her fight with 22-year-old Nova (10-2, 10 KOs) in Jeddah, the 32-year-old told ESPN: “It’s such a monumental thing to happen in Saudi.

“Me and my opponent, we’re essentially making history together, so it’s not just me – it’s someone else as well. We’re both going to be the first females to be in Saudi [to do this].”

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Saudi Arabia to host its first professional women’s boxing match in August

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11:57 , Alex Pattle

Anthony Joshua played down rumours that he has been dropping sparring partners during his training camp for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua takes on Usyk in Saudi Arabia this Saturday, as he looks to avenge a decision defeat by the unbeaten Ukrainian, who took the Briton’s heavyweight titles in London last September.

Joshua, 32, has been urged to take a more aggressive approach in his rematch with Usyk, 35, but “AJ” was coy when asked about rumours that he has been dropping training partners during his preparations for Saturday’s fight.

Here’s what he had to say:

Anthony Joshua plays down rumours he has been dropping sparring partners

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11:40 , Alex Pattle

Eddie Hearn has explained why the sixth round may be crucial in Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua was outpointed by Usyk in London last September, losing the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles to the unbeaten Ukrainian.

On Saturday, Joshua will seek to regain the belts and avenge the loss in another 12-round clash, with his promoter Hearn echoing the feeling of many pundits that “AJ” must go for the knockout.

“I just feel like he’s gonna do everything right and let those hands go,” Hearn said at Tuesday’s open workouts in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where the rematch will take place. If he lets those hands go, I really believe he wins this fight. I’ve said to him before: By the time that bell rings at the end of the sixth round, I want this fight over or I want Oleksandr Usyk physically in a place that he wishes he never will return to.”

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Eddie Hearn on why Round 6 is crucial in Joshua vs Usyk 2

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11:18 , Alex Pattle

Dillian Whyte says Anthony Joshua needs to show the same aggression he displayed against him to defeat Oleksandr Usyk.

Whyte and Joshua fought in 2015 where the 32-year-old defeated Whyte. If Joshua uses similar tactics in his rematch with the Ukrainian on Saturday, Whyte believes he can get a similar result.

“It’s a massive fight, the biggest fight of his career,” Whyte told Sky Sports. “I do expect him to bounce back, he’s a British fighter like me and I only support our own, so I do hope he gets the job done.

“I can understand that [rediscovering his aggressive side], because I’m of the same mindset as well. It’s good for me if he wins as well. I think it’s the right mindset he needs going into the fight, it’s the only way he wins the fight.”

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Dillian Whyte offers Anthony Joshua advice on how to land Oleksandr Usyk knockout

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11:00 , Steve Bunce

Anthony Joshua is once again on a redemption mission in a boxing ring in Saudi Arabia.

In Jeddah they are getting ready for a fight, getting ready for the caravan of boxing fools, insiders, dreamers and liars to fill the seaside city. There are five luxury coaches parked outside the media hotel. The tour was here before, back in December 2019 when Andy Ruiz lost his battle with the swinging fridge door. On that night outside, under storm clouds and rain, near Riyadh, Joshua avenged a loss from earlier in the year and jabbed poor Ruiz silly.

On Saturday, Joshua has another loss to avenge and this time his opponent has most certainly not lost his way. Ruiz fell in love with food after beating Joshua. Oleksandr Usyk looks more impressive now than he did last September when he outpointed Joshua. They fight for three championship belts and Joshua will try to regain the heavyweight title for the third time.

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Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk ready as boxing world descends on Jeddah

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10:50 , Alex Pattle

Here are some key details around Saturday’s fight:

When is it?

Usyk vs Joshua 2 will take place at the Jeddah Superdome in Saudi Arabia on Saturday 20 August.

Ring walks for the main-event contest are expected to take place at around 10.30pm BST (2.30pm PT, 4.30pm CT, 5.30pm ET).

How can I watch it?

Sky Sports Box Office will be the only place to watch the fight in the UK and Ireland.

The pay-per-view event will cost £26.95 in the UK and €31.95 in Ireland.

Odds

Usyk – 4/9

Draw – 16/1

Joshua – 13/8

Via Betfair.

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What TV channel is Joshua vs Usyk 2 on and how much does PPV cost?

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10:30 , Alex Pattle

The obvious question is whether the Rage On The Red Sea marks Joshua’s last chance to set up an in-ring meeting with Tyson Fury, who claims – to the disbelief of most – that he has had his last dance.

Most would answer ‘yes’, but when Joshua, 32, was knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jr three years ago, the feeling was the same. Yet AJ responded with a mature performance at the end of 2019 to outpoint Ruiz Jr and reclaim his heavyweight belts. When the Briton lost them again, this time to Usyk last autumn, the probability of a clash with Fury faded to a mere possibility and then – with Fury’s ‘retirement’ after knocking out Dillian Whyte in April – an improbability.

And yes, if Joshua is to lose to Usyk once more, it is all but certain that we will never see that all-British heavyweight unification bout. It will be the lost fight of this generation, in Britain at least.

If Joshua is indeed defeated by the unbeaten Ukrainian again, calls for his retirement will be loud and plentiful – if unjustified. For Joshua, as much as he was seemingly engineered from birth and later moulded by Hearn to be heavyweight champion, does not need to be defined by that status; nor does his career need to be defined by a potential fight with Fury.

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10:19 , Alex Pattle

The selection process for Anthony Joshua’s new coach, a process that took the Briton across the pond, generated speculation and intrigue in equal measure. It became arguably the most curious narrative of the build-up to the rematch.

Eventually, Robert Garcia became the newest addition to Joshua’s team, the man tasked with reversing the result of last year’s showdown in London and doing what no coach has done: find a way past Usyk. With Joshua’s long-time trainer Rob McCracken having stepped away from the 32-year-old’s coaching set-up, Angel Fernandez will take on a more prominent role alongside Garcia.

But make no mistake, any credit or blame for the result of Joshua’s rematch with Usyk will be placed on the shoulders – there they are again – of Garcia and Joshua, much more so than on those of Fernandez.

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Robert Garcia must solve Joshua’s problems to solve Usyk puzzle

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10:05 , Sports Staff

Oleksandr Usyk performed a Ukrainian anthem about fighting for independence after warning Anthony Joshua he faces a continuation of the dismantling he endured in their first clash.

Dressed in a traditional Cossack outfit for Wednesday’s head-to-head press conference, the unified world champion remained on stage after he had faced off with Joshua to sing ‘Oi u luzi chervona kalyna’.

The 1875 call to arms was inspired by Ukraine’s 18th century battle for independence and is now intoned as a display of defiance in the face of Russia’s invasion.

Usyk served as a military volunteer in Kiev before being told he would better represent his nation by successfully defending the WBA, IBF and WBO titles he seized from Joshua almost a year ago.

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Oleksandr Usyk hits right notes with Ukrainian song at Anthony Joshua face-off

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09:54 , Alex Pattle

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are just two days away from their highly-anticipated rematch in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where “AJ” will look to regain his heavyweight titles from the unbeaten Ukrainian.

Last September, Usyk comprehensively outpointed the Briton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London to take the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts. In doing so, Usyk became a two-weight title holder, having previously reigned as the only undisputed cruiserweight champion of the four-belt era. The 35-year-old’s pedigree is unquestionable, and if Joshua is to dethrone Usyk, he will have to do what no man has done and defeat his fellow Olympic gold medalist.

Much has been made of Joshua’s decision to add Robert Garcia to his coaching team, and the onus is on the American and Angel Fernandez – already a part of AJ’s set-up – to draw up with a gameplan to overcome Usyk on Saturday night. Wednesday saw Joshua and Usyk involved in a tense staredown after their pre-fight press conference, while the weigh-ins are set to take place on Friday.