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Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua, start time, how to watch, preview, stream, weigh-in results, full card

Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua has called retirement speculation “absurd” after suggesting he could hang up his gloves if he loses again to Oleksandr Usyk in Sunday’s fight.

The 32-year-old Joshua is bidding to win back the world title he lost to Ukraine’s Usyk after defeating the Briton in London last September.

Two-time heavyweight champion Joshua weighed in at 110.9kg (244.5lbs), while Ukraine’s Usyk weighed in at 100.5kg (221.6lbs), both of whom matched their fight in London last year.

Some experts said a third professional defeat could end the life of the former Olympic heavyweight gold medalist – a claim denied by Joshua.

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“I’m fighting pound-for-pound[one of the most skilled fighters in all the weight classes],” he told AFP ahead of the fight in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

“I didn’t lose to some. To suggest that I should retire is crazy. “If I lose to one of the top fighters in the world today (people will say) ‘Oh, he should retire, he lost to one of the best.’ What kind of nonsense is that?

The game, billed as Rage on the Red Sea, is set to take place at the Jeddah Super Dome.  (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)
The game, billed as Rage on the Red Sea, is set to take place at the Jeddah Super Dome. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)Source: AFP

Joshua remains one of the sport’s biggest punches, but his brilliance faded in 2019 with a loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. and even more so when he lost to Usyk last year.

However, he avenged Ruiz’s defeat in Saudi Arabia and hopes for a similar result in Saturday’s “Red Sea Fury” at Jeddah Beach.

“It’s cool if people really want me to go. I have not begged anyone,” Joshua said. “People always ask questions and they are entitled to their questions.

“For me personally, I still want to compete. I love it. It’s a challenge, but I love the challenge. Sometimes I question whether I want to do it, it’s that hard.”

“It’s not an easy task but I’ve got the will, I have the strength to keep pushing.”

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Usyk, meanwhile, has drawn on his Cossack heritage as he prepares for his World Cup showdown with Joshua.

Usyk, booed by millions of war-torn Ukrainians, is the bookies’ favorite after demolishing Joshua to clinch the belt in London last year.

“In the first fight we learned from each other, but this is a continuation and the first round on Saturday will be 13 rounds,” said the 35-year-old.

“We had enough time to learn about each other. We are born to compete for life, for belts, for everything. What doesn’t compete doesn’t win.

Not the only unusual part of Usyk Cossack’s formal construction, he demonstrated his reaction by balancing four coins on the back of his hand, tossing them in the air and catching them apart as they fell.

The toothy southpaw managed to cycle 100 kilometers (60 miles) in 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) temperatures, swim for up to five hours, and hold his breath underwater for four minutes and 45 seconds. Outside, there is his manager Egis Klimas.

“It looks like a cyborg. “He’s been through hell in training camp for the past three months,” promoter Alexander Krasiuk said of Usyk, who has had a stellar amateur career and is undefeated in 19 professional fights.

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Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua face each other. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)Source: AFP

The former world cruiserweight champion has gained 15 kilos (33 pounds) of muscle, giving him more strength and power, but one sign that could hurt his speed is Usyk’s extra bulk.

“That’s all I care about. I remember he was huge,” former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield told AFP.

But it’s a decision he made. Does it help you or not? we will see.

“The art of the game is the fastest man and the most skilled boxer usually wins,” added Holyfield.

Start TIME

The main card starts at around 2am AEST and the main event is likely to start around 7.15am AEST.

How to watch

Usyk vs Joshua 2 live on Kayo and Foxtel, Sunday August 21 at 3am AEST.Order now

Full card

Oleksandr Usyk (c) vs. Anthony Joshua, WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles

Philip Hrgovich vs. Zilei Zhang, Heavyweights

Callum Smith vs. Mathieu Bauderlique, light heavyweight

Badou Jack vs. Richard Rivera, cruiserweights

Ziad Almayouf vs. Jose Alatorre, super lightweights

Ramla Ali vs Crystal Garcia Nova, Women’s Super Bantamweight

Andrew Tabithi vs. James Wilson, heavyweight

Ben Whittaker vs. Petar Nosic, light heavyweight

Daniel Lapin vs. Joseph Jurco, lightweight

Bader Al Samrin vs Fouad Taverdi, super lightweight

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