Eddie Hearn thinks Anthony Joshua will eventually step into the ring for his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk after all. Eddie Hearn thinks the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk may happen in June 2022.
After losing his world titles back in September 2021, Joshua invoked his rematch clause and expressed his desire to face Oleksandr Usyk again. However, Russia’s war with Ukraine forced Oleksandr Usyk to return home and defend his country.
It was therefore expected that Usyk would be out of action for the time being. In the meantime, there has been speculation that Anthony Joshua could take an interim fight to stay active. But now, Hearn has indicated that this likely won’t be the case.
‼️ Eddie Hearn has now declared that he believes the Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua rematch will happen next, in June. It was previously reported that Usyk has been offered the chance to leave Ukraine’s defence to train for the fight. pic.twitter.com/pM0qt50AwP— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) March 21, 2022
Oleksandr Usyk offered chance to leave Ukraine defence forces and train for Anthony Joshua rematch
Oleksandr Usyk will seemingly be given a chance to leave Ukraine and defend his heavyweight titles as revealed by Bob Arum. Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko will also be allowed to leave the country for a potential clash with lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr.
Ukraine’s Usyk has been due to face Joshua in their heavyweight title rematch in May or June. But he joined the Kyiv Territorial Defence to help Ukraine’s fight against Russian advances last month, which threw his fight against AJ into doubt. But now it seems like the fight might go ahead as initially planned.
It is yet to be seen whether a rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will happen in a few months. But should Usyk not be available, then Joshua would be on the hunt for another opponent for his next fight, with Otto Wallin among the candidates.
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