Via Charles Brun: United heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk has set up for his compatriot in Ukraine to watch his rematch with Anthony Joshua for free on August 20.
According to talkSPORT, Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs0 wanted to buy the TV rights so that his Ukrainians could watch his rematch with Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs), but Saudi gave it as a gift. Ratings will be huge in Ukraine for Joshua vs. Usyk 2 rematch.
A win for Usyk would open the door to an undisputed big fight with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury if he decides to take it.
Fury has told everyone he’s retired, and the only way for him to get back into the ring is if he’s given half a billion dollars.
Some boxing fans believe he lost his nerve after he was basically knocked out in the fourth round by Deontay Wilder in their trio match last October. It was the infamous ‘long count’ fight, in which it appeared Fury didn’t beat the count, but the referee chose to let the fight continue.
Last September, Usyk caused a major disappointment with a 12-round decision against Joshua in London, England. Joshua and his fans blamed the defeat on him not fighting as aggressively the way he should.
In fact, Joshua lacks the skill, stamina and chin needed for him to win.
Given the enormous cost of the fight between Usyk and Joshua by view, this is a great gift that Oleksandr and his countrymen have been given.
There have been a lot of complaints from boxing fans around the world about the price of PPV for the second bout, as people believe it should be cheaper so the average person can afford it.
Many boxing fans have said that they would choose to watch the Usyk-Joshua II rematch through an illegal stream by pirating rather than hurting their pockets.
Usyk fans will be extremely pleased if he beats Joshua for a second time and brings him into retirement after another significant loss.
“Oleksandr Usyk is making Anthony Joshua rematch free to watch for everyone in Ukraine,” his promoter Alex Krassyuk told me. Usyk tried to buy the TV rights to do this, so Saudi Arabia gave them to him. It will be free on Ukrainian state TV, Megogo streaming and Usyk’s YouTube,” talkSPORT.