Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2 results, live fight coverage

Undisputed Cruiserweight kingpin turned unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk returns to the ring this afternoon (Saturday August 20, 2022) for a rematch with huge British knockout artist Anthony Joshua inside the Jeddah Superdome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

MMAmania.com will provide live coverage of today’s main event below. The DAZN the broadcast kicks off at 12 p.m. ET, with Joshua and Usyk likely getting closer to 5:30 p.m. ET (stream the fight here).

It has been almost 11 months since the pair first traded in London, England. Usyk – the underdog despite his legendary amateur and professional credentials – outclassed Joshua to win the WBO, IBF and WBA “super” Heavyweight titles (see highlights). Joshua ended up exercising his rematch clause, and although the war in Ukraine delayed the proceedings, they are now ready to restart them.

The winner could be in line for an undisputed title clash with Tyson Fury, but who the hell knows what “The Gypsy King” plans are at this point.

The rest of the Map released by DAZN features a pair of final eliminators, one at Light Heavyweight between Callum Smith and Mathieu Bauderlique and the other at Heavyweight between Filip Hrgovic and Zhang Zhilei, and a Cruiserweight clash pitting Badou Jack against Richard Rivera.

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua – Usyk defeats. Joshua via split decision (113-115, 115-113, 116-112) — WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS!
Callum Smith vs. Mathieu Bauderlique – Smith defeats. Bauderlique by KO at 1:33 of the Round Four
Filip Hrgovic vs. Zhang Zhilei – Hrgovic defeats. Zhang by unanimous decision (115-112 x2, 114-113)
Badou Jack vs. Richard Rivera – Jack defeats. Rivera via split decision (94-96, 96-94 x2)

WBO/IBF/WBA ‘Super’ Heavyweight Championship: Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua

Round One: Push with their leading hands to start. Direct direct left by Usyk through the guard. Joshua hits back. Jab from Usyk. Half way through. Short right hook around the guard. Joshua digs a low right, avoids an overhand left. Direct glances to the right. Jab from Joshua, harder jab from Usyk, body shots from Joshua. To take down. Usyk skips it with a right to the left in the closing seconds. 10-9 Usik.

Round two: Usyk circling, probing with the jab after taking a body shot. Slow first minute. Joshua hits the body, then doubles upstairs and digs a hook to the body. Good work from Joshua so far. Half way through. Offset 1-2 by Usyk. Joshua goes low-high. Quick jab from Usyk, takes a low right. Darting left misfires. Straight past Joshua, then to the body on the counter. 10-9 Joshua, 19-19.

Third round: Quick exchange in the middle. Jab and body shot by Joshua after eating a straight left. Two-piece handcuffs. 1-1-2 by Usyk. He just can’t always get inside. Half way through. Both fire periodic shots from a distance. Joshua lands inside, clinch. Joshua charges on an uppercut, eats a straight left straight. Usyk opens up a bit. Joshua fires jabs, sneaks a right around the guard. 1-1-2-3 from Usyk in the final seconds. 10-9, 29-28 Joshua.

Fourth round: Usyk fails with a combo. Body shot. Brief melee. 3-2, clinch. Acute straight left. Exchange of jabs. Both land on the body midway. Usyk splits guard with a left right in center ring. Body shot, both land rights up top. More body work by Usyk after blocking an uppercut. They end the negotiation round. 10-9 Usyk, 38-38

Round five: Usyk to the body, blocks a big swing upstairs. Lands directly left for him in return. Both send volleys, not clean connections. Body down by Usyk, then a low kick from Joshua in return. Another left down by Usyk midway. Right hook from Usyk, body shot from Joshua. Backlash by Usyk. He’s made some good adjustments lately, landing more and not taking as many. Joshua draws a 1-2, can’t connect. Direct right to left by Usyk with 20 to go. 10-9, 48-47 Usyk.

Round six: Lead the straight lands for Joshua. Good left hook, try to follow the body. Usyk pulls a combination down. Sneaky counter hook. Usyk Combinations. Joshua digs a right to the body. Half way through. Straight left through Usyk. He slips a few forehands. Nice combo from Joshua against the ropes. Usyk sneaks in a 2-3. Joshua straight right, blocks the return shot. Body shot from Usyk. Closest turn in a while, but 10-9, 58-56 Usyk.

Round seven: Stiff jab from Usyk, both look for body shots inside. Joshua hook, lead right after. Right swipe is missing top. Fairly slow ride. Half way through. Joshua leads on the right, Usyk against on the left. No clean connections so far. There is body work by Usyk, just left behind. Two lefts plus right. Joshua lands a body shot, eats a combination in return. Both swing big, uppercut lands for Usyk in the closing seconds. 10-9, 68-65 Usyk.

Round eight: Yet another break to try to wipe the ring clean. Ring logos are really stupid. Usyk continues to move well and dodge the bigger punches. Solid left hooks down by Joshua. Triple left by Usyk. They trade lefts. Just down Joshua halfway. Usyk tries to respond with a combo, glancing at 1-2 coming back to him. It goes low-high. Joshua lands a heavy volley to the body which causes a clinch. Combo Usyk, against right next to Joshua after. Usyk goes low-high again. Usyk with some heavy head kicks as Joshua hits the body. 10-9 Joshua, 77-75 Usyk.

Round nine: Joshua’s first left hook. Body shots from Usyk. Brief melee. Body shot from Joshua, shot from Usyk. Joshua digs in another shot to the body and a jab on the break. Double shot Usyk. Some exchanges in the center ring. Combo clubbing by Joshua. Usyk to the body, eats a low right, resists a flurry. Joshua really starts to make it ugly, mauling a retreating usyk. To take down. Joshua walking after him. 3-2. Clinch, straight to the body by Joshua. 10-9 Joshua, 86-85 Usyk.

Round ten: Usyk shooting combinations to start the round. Body shot met by one of Joshua. Heavy right hook from Usyk and he possibly stung Joshua for a second. Counter hard left and Usyk throws heat. Picking his shots, leaning clean. Joshua seems to be conserving his energy. Body shot by Usyk, against hard right by Joshua. Another upstairs, then to the body halfway through. Jumpsuit by Usyk. Right hook uppercut. Long combinations accumulate. It’s the best he’s watched all night. Joshua backs into the ropes; either he’s saving energy or he punched himself. More combinations by Usyk. Tee shot in the final seconds. Joshua jumps it with a straight right. 10-9, 96-94 Usyk.

Round Eleven: Both early sling combos. Usyk definitely looks cooler. Heavy straight hook inside. Joshua digs the body, eats a volley back. Continuing to potshot upstairs. Straight to Joshua’s body, clinch. Half way through. 1-1-2-3 from Usyk, eats a low right. Against 1-2 by Usyk. 1-2-3. To take down. Hard blow. Counter blow. 1-2-1-2. Joshua avoids a flurry. You look really stiff at this point. Left up and down by Usyk, Joshua comes in with body shots. Usyk’s last bursts. 10-9, 106-103 Usyk.

Round 12: Joshua looks for combos, clinch. They trade inside. Nice body shot from Joshua. Clean straight right. 1-2-3 by Usyk, narrowly missed on a huge counter from the left. The 1-2-3 counter lands clean. Another 1-2-3 counter. There’s a nice left hook from Joshua in return. Usyk goes to the body, then upstairs in combination. Halfway clinch. Joshua warned against what was essentially a double leg attempt. Both land their back hands. Combo Usyk, clinch. More counters by Usyk, gets a clinch. More volleys piling up, good right hook. Joshua right right, Usyk right hook. Big 1-2 from the champion, clinch. Counter heavy 2-3, avoid a clinch. Joshua just waded in, lands a blatant punch to the kidneys. 10-9, 116-112 Usyk. He won this fight.

Final result: Usyk defeated. Joshua by split decision — WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS!

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