Anthony Joshua announces fight with Oleksandr Usyk
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Anthony Joshua takes on Oleksandr Usyk in a major heavyweight clash on Saturday night. It will be one of AJ’s toughest challenges so far in his career, and could be a major stumbling block in his ambition of unifying the division.
Joshua will be risking his WBA, IBF and WBO when he clashes with Usyk this weekend.
Both fighters have beaten everybody they’ve come up against so far in their careers.
The Ukrainian has won all 18 of his previous matches, including against Tony Bellew and Dereck Chisora.
He unified the cruiserweight division before moving up to heavyweight, winning both of his fights so far in the division.
Joshua was ordered to defend his WBO title against Usyk after the collapse in talks with Tyson Fury’s camp.
AJ and Fury were expected to announce a mega heavyweight unification fight earlier this year.
But Fury’s previous opponent, Deontay Wilder, managed to force a third fight against the Gypsy King.
Usyk will now compete for his first heavyweight title at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Joshua, with AJ hoping not to slip up.
A defeat would push back Joshua’s chances of facing Fury any time soon.
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What time is Joshua vs Usyk tonight?
The undercard is set to get underway from 5pm on Saturday December 12.
The preliminary fight will be broadcast on Facebook from 5pm, before the full undercard starting at 6pm.
Joshua and Usyk are expected to make their ring walks at around 10.10pm.
But, the fight could be pushed back, dependent on the length of the undercard bouts.
How to watch Joshua vs Usyk
The fight will be broadcast exclusively by Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
The pay-per-view event will cost £24.95, which is slightly more expensive than average.
The event will also be available to live stream on mobile, tablet, and laptop.
Simply order the fight through your chosen choice of media, and follow the instructions to watch the event.
Joshua has already admitted the fight against Usyk will be a major challenge.
“We are two Olympic gold medallists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges,” said Joshua.
“The venue is exceptional, the atmosphere will be electric, I’m honoured to be the first person to fight in such an awe-inspiring venue. The stage is set and I am ready to handle business.”
Between 60,000 and 80,000 fans could be seated in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the fight, almost certainly setting a new attendance record for the ground.
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