Two giants of the boxing world are set to clash in London this month as Anthony Joshua defends his four versions of the Heavyweight World Title against Oleksandr Usyk. Both of these former London Olympic Gold medalists now return to the city where it all began for one of the biggest fights of the year.
The winner is virtually guaranteed a shot at either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury – to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in the modern era. Find out when these two heavy hitters go toe-to-toe and how to watch the entire fight live and on demand.
What’s in this Guide?
Joshua vs Usyk fight preview
When Anthony Joshua’s super-fight against Tyson Fury was cancelled due to the latter having to face Deontay Wilder (again!), many were left feeling robbed of the fight of the century. However, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn pulled a rabbit out of the hat and set up another super-fight against former undisputed Cruiserweight Champion, Oleksandr Usyk.
Many a fighter would have looked for an easier contest, but Joshua only wants to take part in the biggest fights. Usyk has a professional record of 18 wins from 18 fights in a glittering career to date. The Ukrainian has mixed it with some of the best in the business, and after cleaning up the Cruiserweight division has his eyes set on doing the same in the Heavyweight class.
Both of these fighters literally have everything to lose. The winner goes on to possibly become the most recognised Heavyweight of his generation, the loser will have to start facing other losers. There is so much riding on this one.
When is Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk will take place on Sunday, September 26 (AU time) at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
The main card will get underway from 3.00am (AEST), with Joshua vs Usyk starting at approximately 6.30am. The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds and will be available to watch exclusively on DAZN in Australia.
Which providers will show Joshua vs Usyk
The following providers will live stream the Anthony Joshua vs Usyk fight live or later on demand in Australia. This live boxing event will not go out on free to air with any Australian TV channel.
|Providers||Joshua vs Usyk Live|
Where to watch Joshua vs Usyk
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk is only available via the sports streaming service, DAZN in Australia. The fight will cost only $2.99 as part of their monthly, cancel any time plan.
How to stream DAZN in Australia
DAZN is one of the newest sports streaming providers in Australia, mainly specialising in boxing from the US, UK and Mexico. You can check out DAZN for only $2.99 per month. All you need is a compatible device and a stable internet connection to watch all content available on the platform.
As well as live contests, DAZN has a huge library of classic fights and boxing documentaries to watch between shows. These include bouts featuring the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather. DAZN may not come with a free trial, but with all this content for only $2.99 per month, it’s more than great value.
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Tale of the tape
Anthony Joshua is definitely the heavier man for this fight, but what Usyk lacks in weight he makes up for in light footedness and hand speed. Both fighters come with some serious amateur pedigree, highlighted by the fact they are Olympic Gold medallists.
You do feel that if this fight goes the distance, Usyk will be the favourite on the judge’s scorecards. But if there is a knock there to be had, Joshua has a detonator of a right hand that could spell the end for the Ukrainian.
Will Joshua win on home soil?
British boxer “AJ”, as he is fondly known on his home shores, enters the fight fresh of the back a career highlight performance against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev. It was as technically sound as it was ruthless, forcing the ref to stop the fight inside the distance. If Joshua can take this form into the fight with Usyk, he will be confident he can get the stoppage he’s after.
Joshua’s one and only professional defeat came at the hands of Mexican Andy Ruiz, a small, overweight fighter that created a huge upset in 2019. Joshua may have avenged that loss a fight later, but it shows that he can be vulnerable and can be buzzed. But he is an altogether different beast on home soil, and 80, 000 cheering fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 26th can only be seen as an advantage.
Can Usyk take the Heavyweight belts?
Oleksandr Usyk is the former undisputed Cruiserweight Champion, only the fourth male boxer to hold all four major belts. He’s had two fights as a Heavyweight yet stands as the WBO’s mandatory challenger, which shows just how good he is. So far he has been able to make a smooth transition thanks to wins against Chazz Witherspoon (TKO) and Derrick Chisora (unanimous decision), two established heavyweights who have been in with the best.
Nothing seems to faze Usyk. He always has the look of a man possessed, and anyone thinking that a raucous crowd will affect his ability on the night would do well to look at his KO of Tony Bellew in the Brit’s backyard. He is by far the more technically superior of the two fighters and has a serious chance of walking away with all the belts after the final bell.
What next for the winner?
Just two weeks after this fight, the two other biggest names in the division, Tyson ‘the Gypsy King’ Fury and Deotay Wilder, face each other in a trilogy fight. This is for the WBC Heavyweight title, which Fury currently holds. The winner of Joshua v Usyk will get a shot at the winner of this one (to unify the division), and probably the biggest payday of any boxer since the Mayweather days.
Who is fighting on the Joshua v Usky fight card?
As this contest is going out on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK, and taking place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the card is stacked full of world-class match-ups.
|Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk||WBA, WBO, IBF & IBO world heavyweight titles|
|Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic||Cruiserweight|
|Callum Smith v Lenin Castillo||Super Middleweight|
|Maxim Prodan v Florian Marku||Welterweight|
|Campbell Hatton v Izan Dura||Featherweight|
What to watch after Joshua v Usyk
Once you have watched the heavyweight bout on DAZN, here are a few other major sports, fights and sports streaming providers ideal for combat purists.
Streaming devices for watching boxing on DAZN
Here is a list of sports streaming devices for streaming DAZN on your home TV or mobile device.
Devices supported on DAZN
– Amazon Fire TV: Yes; 1st Generation and newer
– Amazon Fire Tablet: Yes; 4th Generation and newer
– Amazon Fire TV Stick: Yes
– Android TV: Yes
– Apple TV: Yes; 4th Generation, 2015 or newer
– Google Chromecast: Yes
– Xbox: Yes; Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
– Playstation: Yes; Playstation ® 4, Playstation ® 4 Pro
– Android Phone & Tablet: Yes; Android OS 5.0 and above
– iPhone & iPad: Yes; iOS 10.0+
– Samsung Smart TV: Yes; 2015-2019 models
– Panasonic Smart TV: Yes
– LG Smart TV: Yes; 2015-2019 models
– Roku TV / Player / Stick: Yes
– Vizio TV: Yes; P Series Quantum; P, E, M & D-Series
– Xfinity X1 Top Set Box: Yes