Via Jack Tiernan: Eddie Hearn has confirmed that June is the scheduled date for a rematch between triple heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua.
The venue is being prepared right now, but it is believed it could end in London, England, where Usyk dethroned Joshua last September at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium.
Hearn said he will be speaking with Usyk promoter Alex Krassyuk to finalize a date and location for the rematch.
Hearn and former IBF/WBA/WBO champion Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) both ecstatic in their rematch with 2012 Olympic gold medalist Usyk so early.
The former undisputed cruiser champion Usyk defended his country Ukraine from the Russian invasion last month, taking part in the defense of the territory.
Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) officially announced on Friday that he’ll be in a rematch with Joshua and begin his first practice session for his second bout. Joshua & Hearn planned to wage a makeshift fight against one of the few boxers.
Otto Wallin, Joe Joyce and Luis Ortiz are three strong contenders mentioned by Hearn as those he and Joshua are considering for the interim contest. Thankfully, they are no longer needed.
It would be very risky for Joshua to fight any of those three, as they would have a very high incentive to upset him, while he is not nearly as excited about the fights.
“No, I will talk to him today, but like I said, June is absolutely the day we predict Joshua-Usyk will happen,” Hearn told Social boxing when asked if he would speak to Oleksandr Usyk promoter Alex Krassyuk about his rematch with Anthony Joshua.
Wise boxing coach Hearn hasn’t spoken about it yet, but there’s a lot going on in this fight for 32-year-old Joshua regarding his future in the sport.
Joshua has lost two of his last four fights, and there are whispers that he could be shot and close to retiring. A loss here to Usyk could be the final blow to his career.
We don’t know if Joshua’s pride is too much for him to keep going after his third loss in his last five competitions. A lot will depend on the nature of the defense.
Provided it’s an exciting competitive fight like we saw in a three-part showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder last October, Joshua could be ready to continue his career if he loses to Usyk by one. Again.
On the other hand, if Joshua was knocked down and humiliated by Usyk in front of London boxing fans, it could lead to his decision to hang up his gloves.
“That’s how I will help my country more and it’s better Oleksandr Usyk spoke on Sky Sports News about why he chose to take part in the rematch with Anthony Joshua.
Usyk defeating Joshua once again will attract a large amount of public opinion around the world, and help attract more attention to Ukraine.
Usyk’s second defeat of Joshua would be a big win, to show the boxing public that his previous victory over the British 6’6″ heavyweight last September was not a thing. lucky.
Right now there are so many, Hearn probably includes the reason that Usyk’s win over AJ was the result of Joshua’s decision to try to beat him.
They felt that the only reason Usyk won was Joshua’s decision not to use his strength and size against his smaller opponent. Usyk is able to prove all his doubts wrong by defeating Joshua once again as he tries to use his game of scale and strength.