Joshua vs Usyk ‘delayed until mid-August due to dispute over broadcast rights for heavyweight bout’


Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk is ‘delayed until mid-August’ after initially being pencilled in for July 23, with a ‘dispute over broadcast rights holding up the Brit’s shot at heavyweight redemption’

  • Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch has reportedly been delayed
  • The pair were expected to meet for a second time in Saudi Arabia on July 23
  • But a dispute surrounding broadcast rights has pushed it back until mid-August
  • Sky have a deal with Joshua in the UK while DAZN own the international rights 

Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Oleksandr Usyk has reportedly been pushed back until mid-August.

The Brit is set to face Usyk for a second time this year after losing his unified heavyweight titles when they last collided back in September.

A rematch between the pair was expected to take place in Saudi Arabia on July 23, but The Telegraph are now reporting that it has been delayed until mid-August due to a dispute surrounding broadcast rights.

Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Oleksandr Usyk has been pushed back until mid-August

Sky has secured a deal with Joshua to show his date of destiny with Usyk on their Box Office platform in the UK, while DAZN – promoter Eddie Hearn’s exclusive broadcast partner – are taking the international rights.

The report states that an extra two or three weeks will be required to iron out the existing issues concerning the broadcast deals.

It is believed their return bout will still be staged out in the Middle East, where Joshua previously reclaimed his unified crown against Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019.

The delay will allow him more time to gel with new trainer Robert Garcia amid reports claiming he has joined forces with the Mexican-American

Joshua is looking to reclaim his unified heavyweight titles after losing to Usyk in September

Joshua is looking to reclaim his unified heavyweight titles after losing to Usyk in September

But a dispute concerning the Brit's broadcast deals is currently holding up negotiations

But a dispute concerning the Brit’s broadcast deals is currently holding up negotiations

Additional time is also understood to be required to create a purpose-built stadium in Saudi Arabia fitted with air conditioning, an essential given the searing temperatures of more than 40 degrees.

Hearn revealed in an interview with iFL TV this week that while his proposed date of July 23 was not guaranteed, an official announcement confirming the rematch is on the horizon.  

‘When you question about will there be a delay? If there is, you’re talking about two weeks and it’s for no other reason than time and making sure we can promote the fight in the right way,’ he said.

‘The fight is happening, the fight is agreed in terms of where it will take place and both sides have agreed, both sides have agreed the deal, and both sides have agreed everything.

Joshua will now have more time to gel with new trainer Robert Garcia before the rematch

Joshua will now have more time to gel with new trainer Robert Garcia before the rematch

‘It’s just probably taken 10 days longer than we wanted it to and without putting a date all I can tell you is we are finalising the final bits of paperwork, and everything is agreed. So, standby.’

Joshua’s tilt at revenge has taken longer to confirm than anticipated, with Usyk only recently leaving the frontline in Ukraine to begin his preparations for it.

The three-belt champion had been serving in his home country’s territorial regiment amid the war with Russia, meaning his rematch with AJ was forced to take a back seat.

After departing for a training camp in Poland at the end of March, Usyk’s sights are now set on defending his heavyweight crown. 

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