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Charlie Wilson

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 undercard in full

We're now just days away from Anthony Joshua's bout with Oleksandr Usyk as the British heavyweight will hope to reclaim his titles and avenge his defeat to the dangerous Ukrainian in September. The fight will be held in the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia, and sees AJ hoping to regain his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles after losing them to former cruiserweight Usyk last year.

Rumours continue to fly about the potential of the winner facing on Tyson Fury in a unification bout, but neither fighter will be looking ahead of this point, with the bout being the biggest and most important of their respective careers to date.

For Joshua, two losses in a row to the same opponent would be legacy defining, and knock him out of the title picture for some time - likely having to build his way back up the top with impressive wins against lower ranked fighters. Should be win though, he's champion once again - setting himself up for arguably one of the biggest fights in heavyweight history against the aforementioned Gypsy King.

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Usyk, meanwhile, can prove that his win over Joshua was no fluke, and that he's deserving of the pound for pound number one spot, which he was awarded of Canelo Alvarez lost to Dmitry Bivol earlier this summer.

It will be an exciting night of boxing, with some big names to feature on the undercard. Here's all you need to know.

Fighters on the undercard

The last fight before the main event will see former world champion Badou Jack face American Richard Rivera. Jack, who has draws with Adonis Stevenson and James DeGale and wins over Nathan Cleverly and George Groves is coming towards the end of his career now, but is coming off the back of a four win streak. Rivera, meanwhile, comes into the fight with a 21-0 record.

And before that, we'll see Callum Smith on the card - in the final eliminator bout for the WBC light heavyweight belt as he'll face Mathieu Bauderlique. Smith bounced back well from his loss to Canelo Alvarez with an impressive win over Lenin Castillo during Joshua and Usyk's last fight. Now moving up a weight class, and only 32, a win for Smith would see him become the contender to fight Artur Beterbiev.

Who is on the Joshua vs Usyk 2 undercard?

  • Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2
  • Badou Jack vs Richard Rivera
  • Callum Smith vs Mathieu Bauderlique (WBC light-heavyweight final eliminator)
  • Filip Hrgovic vs Zhilei Zhang (IBF heavyweight final eliminator)
  • Tyron Spong vs Andrew Tabiti
  • Daniel Lapin vs Jozef Jurko
  • Ramla Ali vs Crystal Garcia Nova
  • Ziyad Almaayouf vs Hector Alatorre

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