The PressBox

Heavyweight history awaits Usyk or Joshua.
Photo courtesy of Matchroom Boxing.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 16:15 local time

The final press conference has been held for the big heavyweight title showdown, the ‘Rage on the Red Sea’ between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, scheduled for Saudi Arabia this Saturday 20th.

The main talking point in the conference was around competition.

British challenger Anthony Joshua, in response to Head of Matchroom Promotions Eddie Hearn said – this is “Must win, I like the pressure. Lets get the job done, stay focussed”. On the challenge ahead “It’s competition, I’ve got goals I want to achieve in the ring on the night”. When asked about the prizes on offer (The Ring magazine championship, IBF, WBA & WBO heavyweight titles) he responded “The belts mean something, but that’s all at the end…I wanna compete and I’m looking forward to it”.

Ukrainian champion Oleksandr Usyk, outright favourite for Saturday’s contest and wearing a traditional cossack suit said “It’s true, we learned (from) each other in the first fight… this Saturday night will be a great, great fight…We were born to compete, for life, for belts for anything…all our lives are competitions”.

Both fighters then took up a tasty face-off in front of the mass assembled media. The event will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office, DAZN worldwide and free to air in Ukraine.

Look out later today for a re-post of our earlier article originally released when the rematch was announced.

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