Expectations As Anthony Joshua’s Set To Reclaim Titles Against Usyk In Saudi

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Joshua, Usyk To Get $40m For Rematch

Two-time former Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is set to reclaim his title against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday in Saudi Arabia months after losing his world heavyweight crown.

Recall that Joshua lost his title to Usyk eleven months ago in London.

The duo met on September 15, 2021 with the Ukrainian putting on a masterclass act in front of 65,000 fans inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, outclassing Joshua over 12 rounds, and hurting the defending champion on numerous occasions.

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The scorecards – 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 – were all for Usyk and there was a mere shrug of the shoulders from Joshua as the second defeat of his professional career was confirmed.

However, Joshua is aiming not just for a revenge but also to redeem his image in what is expected to be an explosive encounter.

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After losing out last time, Joshua, 32, wants to celebrate the 10th anniversary of winning London Olympic gold by reclaiming his place back at the top table of the heavyweight class.

Anthony Joshua has promised to bring back the aggression into his boxing when he faces off against Oleksandr Usyk in their title rematch on Saturday.

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‘I wanted to outbox my opponent, whether it was Usyk or anyone else; that was the mindset (in the first fight). I wanted to outbox my opponent and on Saturday I want to smash my opponent,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.

“That’s just the mindset now.”

Interestingly, Joshua will be making a return to Saudi Arabia, the scene of his redemption fight against Andy Ruiz at the back end of 2019.

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While that fight took place in Diriyah, Saturday’s showdown is 588 miles to the West at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, the fight itself taking place at the Jeddah Super Dome.

On the other hand, a potential con for Usyk is his weight for the rematch.

From images which have recently been circulating, he looks bulkier than in the first fight, an advantage when it comes to power but leaving him potentially heading into the unknown at a career-high weight. That said, Usyk is smart enough to know what works for him, and the benefits outweigh the drawbacks even if he is heavier than 11 months ago.

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