Joshua vs Usyk: Battle time, undercard, prediction, betting odds
Unbeaten Ukrainian Usyk offers, in pure boxing terms, the biggest obstacle in the British heavyweight’s job.
Joshua appeared lean as he weighed in at 17st 2lb yesterday, with former cruiserweight king Usyk coming in at the heaviest of his career at 15st 11lb.
AJ is returning to the ring this weekend for the 1st time given that December, when he effectively retained the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts he claimed back from Andy Ruiz Jr with a affected individual ninth-round stoppage of IBF obligatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in front of a limited crowd of 1,000 supporters at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
Now more than 60,000 spectators will be current in north London for the initially boxing bout at Spurs’ plush £1billion residence, with Joshua facing his WBO mandatory right after a pair of blockbuster, lucrative all-British unifications showdowns with Tyson Fury ended up positioned on the backburner just after an arbitration hearing ruled that the WBC winner have to face Deontay Wilder for a third time, with that trilogy struggle having position in Las Vegas on October 9.
Joshua will be focussed on avoiding any slip-ups below to keep his titles and remain on monitor for that mammoth Fury double-header, with undefeated southpaw Usyk a really expert, challenging and accomplished opponent whom his fellow London 2012 gold medallist expects to offer his largest obstacle considering the fact that yet another Ukrainian, Wladimir Klitschko, in that unforgettable 11-spherical typical four years ago.
Usyk, 34, is a former undisputed cruiserweight champion of the earth who made the transfer up to heavyweight after halting Tony Bellew in 2018, halting late substitution opponent Chazz Witherspoon in 7 rounds in Oct 2019 in advance of outpointing Derek Chisora in his only other heavyweight clash to day in London very last autumn.
On tonight’s undercard, Hackney’s Lawrence Okolie will make the initially defence of the WBO cruiserweight title he gained against Krzysztof Glowacki in March as he battles obligatory challenger Dilan Prasovic.
Ricky Hatton’s son Campbell will take section in his fourth professional contest towards Sonni Martinez of Uruguay and former tremendous-middleweight winner Callum Smith – beaten by Canelo Alvarez in December – commences his marketing campaign up at mild-heavyweight against Lenin Castillo.
Joshua vs Usyk battle card/undercard in complete
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk
Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic
Campbell Hatton vs Sonni Martinez
Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku
Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov
Daniel Lapin vs Pawel Martyniuk
Joshua vs Usyk date, start time, location and ring walks
Additional than 60,000 lovers are expected in N17 for one particular of the most important sporting events to just take position in the Uk given that the coronavirus pandemic started.
Ring walks for the key party are anticipated at close to 10pm BST, though as at any time the exact time will count on the length of people undercards bouts.
How to check out Joshua vs Usyk
Television set channel: In the British isles, Joshua vs Usyk is available to view through pay back-per-perspective on Sky Sports activities Box Office at a expense of £24.95.
Stay stream: These that have purchased the fight can also enjoy live on-line via the downloadable player or Sky Athletics Box Office application.
The gifted Usyk undoubtedly has the specialized competencies to make tonight an not comfortable evening for Joshua, who will want to box smartly and be totally switched on to contend with the risk posed.
However, the Ukrainian lacks the electricity and size to really hurt the winner, though his absence of heavyweight knowledge is also possible to be a variable, however Joshua has commended his rival for jumping in “at the deep end”.
Even with slimming down, AJ still has an apparent ability and measurement edge listed here and we are backing him to inflict Usyk’s very first professional defeat with a stoppage in the 2nd 50 percent of the combat. Let’s say round 9.
That would be a 25th gain from 26 for Joshua, with a 23rd stoppage.
Joshua vs Usyk weigh-in
The weigh-ins for tonight’s function took spot on Friday afternoon.
Joshua weighed in at 17st 2lb, with Usyk coming in at 15st 11lb.
Joshua vs Usyk betting odds
Joshua to win by way of selection/specialized selection: 21/10
Joshua to acquire by KO/TKO or DQ: 11/10
Usyk to earn by using determination/technological selection: 7/2