Ukraine’s Usyk backed by Russian star ahead of world title rematch

Aleksandr Usyk faces Anthony Joshua in Jeddah on August 20

Aleksandr Usyk will have his hand raised against Anthony Joshua once more when the two heavyweight boxers meet in Jeddah on August 20, according to Russian former champion Alexander Povetkin.

After cruising to a unanimous decision win in Joshua’s backyard at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London last September, Usyk relieved the Brit of the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles and will defend them for the first time in a rematch held in the Saudi city in just over a fortnight.

As is common when a big fight approaches, several notable figures of the sweet science are being asked for their predictions on the outcome of the potential box office smash, with former WBA king Povetkin providing his thoughts for Match TV.

“I will root for Usyk,” Povetkin revealed, despite tensions between their two countries owing to their ongoing conflict.


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