Anthony Joshua says he is determined to be "the comeback king" and avenge his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua insists this time he is ready for Usyk. "He was better than me on the night in the first fight, but the defeat has motivated me," Joshua said. "As I did against Andy Ruiz Jr, I have a second chance. Those who know my story know that I did that as a youngster, where I got into trouble. I'm the comeback king, you can put me down but you can't keep me down. I'm 100 per cent focused on being champion again. He kicked my a-- for some rounds, and he was the better man on the night."
Usyk, who has spent three months this year serving in the territorial regiment in his homeland fighting the Russian invasion, said that one of the most difficult moments of his life had been explaining to his children why Russian soldiers "want to kill them".
"I don't even know how to explain it, all of this," said the fighter whose home was at one stage taken over by Russian soldiers. "My children are asking: 'father, why do they want to kill us?' And I don't know what to answer to them.
“I really didn’t want to leave our country, I didn't want to leave our city. At one point I went to the hospital where soldiers were wounded and getting rehabilitation from the war and they were telling me, asking me to go, to fight [Joshua], to fight for the country, fight for our pride. If you’re going to go there, they told me, you’re even going to help more for our country instead of it being here and fighting inside of our country.”
What TV channel is Joshua-Usyk II on?
Joshua vs Usyk 2 will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK, as exclusively revealed by Telegraph Sport. DAZN will broadcast the fight everywhere else except for the UK.
How much will it cost to watch the fight?
The fight on Sky Sports Box Office will cost viewers a record £26.95, the most expensive fight in UK history.
Who is on the 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