Published by Richard Ogunsile on 16 November 2021
British professional boxer, Anthony Joshua and his Ukrainian title rival, Oleksandr Usyk may have another face-off in early 2022, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
According to Hearn, the two fighters may likely have a rematch between the end of March or early April next year.
Naija News understands that AJ and Usyk had an encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium two months ago and Usyk unanimously claimed the WBA, WBO and IBF belts from his opponent.
AJ was said to be pained by the loss as it denied him a chance of facing Tyson Fury for a shot at becoming the heavyweight champion.
Hearn has, however, revealed that talk is ongoing to schedule a rematch between the Brit and Ukrainian.
Speaking during an interview on the rematch, Hearn said: “I think it will realistically be the end of March, early April. Both guys are probably resting, although AJ will be doing a bit more preparation because he wants to get it right.
“There was a well-documented trip to America, just to look really, look, learn and see. I think he will go back out there towards the end of the year. We will start talking to Team Usyk over the next couple of weeks and pin down the venue.”
Meanwhile, Usyk had previously said he hope the rematch will take centre stage in his home nation.
“I would love to have the rematch at Olympiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv”. Hearn had, however, replied to him saying it was “unlikely” it would be in Ukraine.
“I would like it back in the UK. There are other options. We have had approaches to stage that fight around the world. But last time out was a massive spectacle and, obviously, this time is a much bigger fight,” the show promoter said.
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