ANTHONY JOSHUA and Oleksandr Usyk’s HUGE heavyweight rematch is getting ever closer.
But before the mouth-watering main event in Saudi Arabia there’s a stacked undercard, which includes an historic fight.
All eyes will be on Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua’s rematch
While there are TWO world title eliminators are on the bill that are unlikely to disappoint.
Man mountain Filip Hrgovic will take on China’s Zhang Zhilei in the IBF heavyweight division’s final eliminator.
With both men unbeaten, something will have to give on August 20.
Croatian Hrgovic and Zhang were initially set to fight on May 7 on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez’s defeat to Dmitry Bivol.
After Hrgovic pulled out for personal reasons, Zhang instead made light work of America’s Scott Alexander.
The second eliminator will see Brit former world super-middleweight champ Callum Smith take on Frenchman Mathieu Bauderlique.
While Ramla Ali will take on Crystal Garcia Nova in what is set to be a historic bout.
Ramla Ali will be making history
Filip Hrgovic is in a IBF heavyweight title eliminator
Ali vs Nova will be the first ever professional women’s boxing match to take place in Saudi Arabia.
On the magnitude of the occasion, Ali told ESPN: “It’s such a monumental thing to happen in Saudi.
“Me and my opponent, we’re essentially making history together so it’s not just me. It’s someone else as well, we’re both going to be the first females to be in Saudi.”
When is Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk?
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk takes place on Saturday, August 20.
The fight is expected to start at 11pm UK time – this is 1am in Saudi Arabia.
The Jeddah Super Dome – with a capacity of 40,000 – plays host.
Who is fighting on the Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard?
The undercard is set to start from 3pm UK time.
- Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2
- Callum Smith vs Mathieu Bauderlique (WBC light-heavyweight final eliminator)
- Filip Hrgovic vs Zhilei Zhang (IBF heavyweight final eliminator)
- Badou Jack vs Richard Rivera
- Tyron Spong vs Andrew Tabiti
- Daniel Lapin vs Jozef Jurko
- Ramla Ali vs Crystal Garcia Nova
- Ziyad Almaayouf vs Hector Alatorre
What TV channel and live stream is Joshua vs Usyk on?
- Joshua vs Usyk 2 will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
- Sky Sports won the bidding war for the rights to show the event – with the UK rights for the fight not part of AJ’s DAZN deal.
- DAZN will be showing the fight in the rest of the world.
- The PPV will cost viewers a record £26.95, the most expensive fight to purchase in UK history.