It has been confirmed that Anthony Joshua’s rematch towards Oleksandr Usyk on August 20 will likely be proven stay on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace.
The highly-anticipated bout will happen in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with Joshua seeking to avenge his defeat to the Ukrainian on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium final yr.
It was solely the second lack of the Brit’s skilled profession and noticed him lose his WBA (Tremendous), IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.
Anthony Joshua’s rematch towards Oleksandr Usyk will likely be proven stay on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace
‘Sky Sports activities viewers have loved an extended historical past with AJ, watching his each combat since he turned skilled in 2013,’ the broadcaster’s head of boxing growth Adam Smith mentioned.
‘We additionally know Oleksandr Usyk very effectively, having had the final 4 of the Ukrainian’s fights solely stay on Sky Sports activities.
‘This rematch is a large event with all the things on the road and so many inquiries to be answered. We will’t wait to carry it to boxing followers within the UK & Eire in true Sky Sports activities vogue with all of the build-up it deserves.’
Pay-per-view particulars haven’t but been launched for the combat, however followers ought to anticipate to pay an identical price to the £24.95 that Sky Sports activities charged for the unique conflict.
Joshua is seeking to avenge his defeat to Usyk on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium final yr
Eddie Hearn has hinted that Sky Sports activities Field Workplace might cost greater than £24.95 for the bout
That made it some of the costly tv occasions in British boxing historical past, with many viewers fuming on the value they had been pressured to shell out.
Nonetheless, Eddie Hearn – whose firm Matchroom Boxing left Sky final summer time – has hinted that the fee might even enhance.
‘The primary combat did 700k buys, so [I expect] across the identical,’ he mentioned earlier this month. ‘Perhaps they’ll put the worth up.’
Hearn additionally revealed the determine that he believed Sky had splashed out for subsequent month’s occasion: ‘Clearly we weren’t concerned within the course of, however there have been 5 or 6 broadcasters bidding for it.
‘$28 million (£23.2million), one thing like that Sky have paid, which exhibits you the worth of the combat.’
The mouth-watering bout will likely be Joshua’s final to be proven on Sky Sports activities, because the 32-year-old has signed a multi-fight take care of DAZN price a staggering £100million-a-year.
Joshua has signed a take care of DAZN for his future bouts price a large £100million-a-year
The Watford-born boxer will grow to be a world ambassador for DAZN in addition to a particular advisor to the group.
‘I’m coming into a brand new part in my profession with a brand new coaching setting, new coaches and now a brand new broadcaster,’ Joshua mentioned final month.
‘Negotiations at this degree take time, so I’m happy to have all of it wrapped up and now I can absolutely give attention to giving the followers and DAZN what they need – knockouts within the glamour division.
‘I’ve been working with DAZN and following its progress for a very long time. We have now loved a extremely profitable partnership within the US for a few years and I do know the staff and perceive the eagerness and drive of the enterprise.’