Whisper to produce Usyk v Joshua 2
Whisper has been selected to produce the world feed of Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua later this month.
The rematch takes place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 20 August, and comes after Usyk won the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts by defeating Joshua on points last year. Whisper will work with international partners such as Sky Sports Box Office in the UK, on the production.
Whisper’s production team will include Whisper’s head of sport Pete Thomas, who has worked on world title fights featuring Joe Calzaghe, Amir Khan, Carl Froch and the early career of Tyson Fury, plus the World Series of Boxing; executive producer John Curtis, who has worked in boxing for last 15 years on headline pay-per-view events, such as Mayweather v Pacquiao, Klitschko vs Fury and Froch v Groves; Bethan Evans, Whisper’s director of production; and Sunil Patel and Mark Cole, who are executive producers.
The delivery team will include members from the UK, as well as local crew. In addition, Whisper is working with Chapter 3 Graphics on audio-visual effects and an immersive, entertaining lighting experience.
This comes after Whisper produced a promo for the bout last week.
Patel, who is also Whisper CEO, said: Patel, Whisper CEO: “A heavyweight Championship title remains one of the biggest prizes in sport. This is such a prestigious event and we share the ambition of Skill Challenge Entertainment to make Rage on the Red Sea a fight night to remember globally. We love delivering huge sporting moments that entertain the world and this is a huge moment in boxing. Credit to John Curtis for all his work in securing this opportunity and for the whole Whisper team for making it happen.”