DAZN confirms US distribution rights for Usyk-Joshua rematch

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There’s finally an answer to the weeks-long question about how American boxing fans can watch the Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua rematch.

DAZN has confirmed distribution rights in the United States, announcing on Sunday that a deal has officially been reached to carry out the planned unified heavyweight title fight. The sports streaming platform was the first to land the event but was forced to sit on the news until all outstanding issues were resolved, which finally happened over the weekend. .

The show will air live from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia starting at 12:00 p.m. ET. The start time is in line with the Sky Sports Box Office stream, which airs live in the UK from 6:00 p.m. in the country and 8:00 p.m. local time in Jeddah.

Usyk (19-0, 13KOs) attempts the first defense of the WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight titles he won in an upset twelve-round victory over England’s Joshua last September in East London. The feat saw the Ukrainian southpaw become a two-division champion, having held the undisputed heavyweight championship.

“I’m working hard in my training camp to be in the best shape possible for the rematch,” said Usyk, who will finish his training camp in Dubai to travel to Jeddah for fight week. “With the help of the Lord I will overcome the greatest challenges to get there. I want the crowd to be excited about the fight, I want them to remember it all their lives.

The rematch between the Olympic gold medalists – both claiming equipment in 2012 in London – has been delayed for months, in part due to the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war in which Usyk briefly had to serve. Usyk resigned from his post on March 22 to resume his career because a father of three young children exempts him from Ukrainian martial law requiring able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 60 to serve in wartime.

Joshua (24-2, 22KOs) is aiming to become a three-time heavyweight title slate, enlisting the services of famed trainer Robert Garcia to manage his corner for his latest revenge tour. The great Briton had been in that position before, suffering a seventh-round knockout of Andy Ruiz in June 2019 to end his first unified title reign before winning the belts back six months later in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

Only one successful defense came from his second reign before losing to Usyk last September. Now is the time to go back.

“August 20 should be an incredible night of championship-level boxing,” Joshua insisted. “For any sports fan this is not to be missed, it has all the ingredients to go down in boxing history.”

DAZN also announced shoulder lineup to go along with the event. His ongoing DAZN boxing show will air live on location throughout fight week.

Jake Donovan is Senior Writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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