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Usyk vs Joshua 2 LIVE press conference: Latest updates as heavyweights clash ahead of rematch

FILE: Usyk’s rematch with Joshua set for August 20 in Saudi Arabia

Ahead of their highly anticipated rematch in August, Antoine Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will take part in a press conference in Saudi Arabia today and come face to face for the first time since their heavyweight title fight in London last September.

Usyk took out Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to claim a unanimous decision victory and win the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts. In doing so, the Ukrainian remained undefeated, as the result marked the second time ‘AJ’ lost as a professional and the second time he lost the titles. Joshua will be looking to win gold again in this rematch, just like he did against Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, with the Briton. second clash with Usyk scheduled for August 20. It was expected to be held in the spring, but Usyk returned to his home country to aid his defense against the ongoing Russian invasion, forcing a delay.

The fight will now take place in Saudi Arabia, where Joshua edged out Ruiz Jr to avenge his knockout loss to the Mexican-American three years ago, although that rematch took place in Riyadh, while Usyk-Joshua 2 will be played in Jeddah. An exact venue could be announced at today’s press conference, where Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is also expected to be present. Follow live updates from the first Usyk-Joshua 2 press conference below..

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Krassyuk: “It’s an absolutely huge event, it’s a huge honor to be part of it. It took a lot of effort and willpower to get there.

“In February and March, we had to face the challenge of war in our country. We weren’t sure if this fight could happen, but finally we came together, we made the decision to go into the fight, and now we represent Ukraine here with pride in our hearts.

“Let the best man win.”

Alex PattleJune 21, 2022 4:14 p.m.

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Garcia: “We have to be ready for anything.

“I think Anthony has all the tools to beat him, we just have to get it right [we do] in the gym.

“I have no doubt that on August 20 he will be champion again.

“All the hard work he does in the gym, that motivates me too. I know how much he wants it. I want my first world heavyweight champion.

Alex PattleJune 21, 2022 4:12 p.m.

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Garcia: “I want to congratulate Usyk and his team for all the success they have had. They are great people, a great team.

“I have been going back and forth to England since December. I see a different Anthony now. I think he got the wrong fight, but that’s in the past, it’s happened before.

“Come on August 20, we will do what it takes. [AJ] is the taller man, he’s the stronger man, he’s got the reach advantage, so we’re going to take advantage of all of that.

Alex PattleJune 21, 2022 4:10 p.m.

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Klimas: “This fight is very, very important for both men. Of course, Anthony wants his belts back. I personally know Robert Garcia; he’s coached a couple of my champions before so i think Anthony did a good job [hiring him as coach].

“For Oleksandr, it is important to keep these titles, because it is very possible that the winner will go on to undisputed status.”

Alex PattleJune 21, 2022 4:09 p.m.

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Hearn: “It’s fantastic [to be here]. We want to thank everyone for their patience.

“It’s been a long time, but these things take time. Thanks to Egis, Alex and Oleksandr Usyk – and to our team.

“It’s all very beautiful, it’s very friendly, but we’re all here to win. Last September was very painful when the great Oleksandr Usyk dethroned Anthony Joshua.

Alex PattleJune 21, 2022 4:04 p.m.

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Now here are the fighters! Joshua and Usyk emerge.

Alex PattleJune 21, 2022 3:58 p.m.

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Usyk promoter Alex Krassyuk will take the stage now, along with the champion’s manager Egis Klimas and Joshua’s new coach Robert Garcia.

Alex PattleJune 21, 2022 3:58 p.m.

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Hearn: “Very proud [to be here]because the next generation needs role models, they need heroes, they need to see the best of the best.

“For this generation, seeing Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk…and there’s no bigger prize than the heavyweight championship, it’s not getting bigger.

“So good to see people getting out there, participating in the sport, the sport that we love. Our plans at Matchroom involve huge global growth, and to be involved in the growth here is humbling.

Alex PattleJune 21, 2022 3:57 p.m.

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Hearn: “It’s great to be back and see so many friends and familiar faces – 2019 feels like an eternity.

“The [Saudi] vision really inspired us to be here the first time, for Joshua-Ruiz 2.

“Now we’re back for a bigger fight, I think it’s really important to inspire the next generation of boxers.

“It’s amazing to bring major sporting events to the Kingdom.”

Alex PattleJune 21, 2022 3:55 p.m.

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We hear from a lot of Saudi personalities about how this fight can help grow the sport in the region.

Now, we’re going to hear Hearn…

Alex PattleJune 21, 2022 3:53 p.m.

Usyk vs Joshua 2 LIVE press conference: Latest updates as heavyweights clash ahead of rematch

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