Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk: How to livestream and all about heavyweight fight
Whoever wins the Saturday fight in front of a crowd of 60,000 in North London could face Tyson Fury
On Saturday night, September 25, one of the biggest boxing bouts of the year is going to happen in which Anthony Joshua will be fighting against the undefeated Oleksandr Usyk. The Saturday fight happening in front of a crowd of 60,000 at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is also a big deal for the two fighters because whoever wins tonight will face Tyson Fury.
Joshua, who is defending his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight championships against undisputed cruiserweight king Usyk, was originally scheduled to face WBC champ Fury to unify all four recognized heavyweight championships; however, Fury was forced to defend his belt in a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder instead and Joshua was forced to face Usyk in a dangerous showdown between two of the sport's best fighters.
According to reports, Joshua’s weight is around 17st 2lbs (109kg), which means he is a stone heavier than Usyk. The 31-year-old Brit is a two-time unified world heavyweight champion and the holder of the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles since December 2019. On the other hand, the 34-year-old Ukrainian boxer is the first cruiserweight in history to hold all four major world championships - the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles.
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On the fight, Fury said, “Usyk is a southpaw, clever, technically very good. He’s smaller as a former cruiserweight champion but he handled Derek Chisora, who is physically tougher than Joshua. So while I’m absolutely confident of beating [Deontay] Wilder, I’m not so sure about AJ not losing his fight.”
Fury's promoter Frank Warren told iFL TV, “If [Joshua] doesn’t get rid of him, and if he’s still there after five or six rounds, then if it gets to the end of the fight...If that goes 12 rounds, I would fancy Usyk to get the decision because to get there, he’s going to have to outbox him. And he's obviously a very smart operator, you know how he's going to fight - he's going to try and get inside and underneath AJ's jab. If you can do that, you can give him a lot of problems. I hope he doesn't though, because we want the big fight.”
Where to watch?
Matchroom Sports promoter Eddie Hearn said that the fight will begin at around ten. He said, “AJ's ringwalk will probably be around 10pm, that's reasonably early. And I believe the broadcast will start around 7 pm (2pm ET). So that will be five fights and then Anthony Joshua.”
The Sun reported that tonight's fight between Joshua and Usyk will stream on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK. While in the US and Australia, it will be shown on DAZN for a subscription price of $20 a month and AU$2.99 respectively. However, the people in Canada can enjoy the match for free because of a FREE DAZN trial for their first 30 days with the service.
The packed undercard
The packed undercard for Joshua vs Usyk includes Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic, Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo, Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku, and Campbell Hatton vs Izan Dura.
Earlier before the fight, Joshua said, “There’s no problem with challenging any fighter in the heavyweight division. It doesn’t always mean that they have to have a belt, either, if they’re a good opponent and they’re gonna give me a good challenge. Each fighter has to motivate you. They have to make you wanna get better in training camp. So, either one of those guys are good fighters, both have been champions. Fury’s gonna make his first [WBC] title defense in two weeks.”
He continued: “Wilder has actually defended the belt a few times, so they’re both good fighters, both 50-50 in terms of where they are in their careers, and I’ll fight any of them any time, win, lose or draw in two weeks for them. Any one of them that’s ready, I’ll fight anyone.”