Oleksandr Usyk puts Anthony Joshua’s revenge on free TV and his YouTube channel for Ukrainians after receiving rights from organizers in Saudi Arabia


Oleksandr Usyk is making his rematch with Anthony Joshua free to watch for Ukrainians after being awarded TV rights for the fight by his Saudi organizers.

The heavyweights are due to meet again on August 20 in Jeddah after the Ukrainian previously dethroned the Briton from his WBA, IBF and WBO belts in September last year.

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Usyk and Joshua will meet again on August 20

The second fight was not expected to take 11 months, but a big delay was caused by Russia’s invasion of Usyk’s home country.

The 35-year-old initially signed up to join his local Territorial Defense Force in Kyiv, before eventually being persuaded to leave and train for the AJ rematch.

The war in Ukraine continues and a large number of Usyk’s compatriots are enduring terrible suffering.

On August 20, he will return to the ring and try to bring a source of joy and pride to his country by retaining the title of heavyweight champion of the world.

Joshua’s fight promoter and organizer Eddie Hearn struck a deal to bring the rematch to Saudi Arabia, and also sold all worldwide TV rights to the Saudi organizers as part of the deal.

For the UK, they have agreed a deal that will see the fight aired on Sky Sports PPV for £26.95, while talkSPORT will have live, free-to-air radio coverage.

Usyk joined Kyiv's Territorial Defense when Russia invaded

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Usyk joined Kyiv’s Territorial Defense when Russia invaded

For Ukraine, an unexpected twist has occurred.

Usyk’s promoter, Alex Krassyuk, has revealed to talkSPORT.com that Usyk himself tried to buy the TV rights from the Saudi organizers so he could then access free-to-air TV in his homeland.

Hearing this, the Saudis refused to accept any payment from him and instead informed him that they would grant him the rights for free to enable him to do so.

Krassyuk told talkSPORT.com: “He intended to buy, but received it [free] for Ukraine.

“He makes it free to watch via Megogo [streaming service]his YouTube channel and through the state public television “Suspilne”.

The Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua rematch will be live and free on talkSPORT in the UK on August 20.

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