Eddie Hearn Predicts a June Rematch for Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua
With unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) still in his home of Ukraine fighting in the ongoing war with Russia, it’s been an unknown when his scheduled rematch with Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) will take place. We may now have some clarity.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, was asked about the fight during a live Q&A. The Chairman of Matchroom gave this response:
“Is AJ versus Usyk happening now? I actually think it will. I actually think that fight will happen next, and it will happen in June.”
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?
In many ways, Hearn’s timetable comes as no surprise. It runs in sync with recent comments by Bob Arum, promoter of Vasyl Lomachenko. “Loma” has joined his countryman Usyk in the ongoing conflict with Russia.
As previously reported by 3Kings Boxing, the CEO of Top Rank revealed that the cultural minister of Ukraine is working behind the scenes to allow both fighters to train outside the country It would open the door for Usyk and Lomachenko for future fights.
This shuts down rumors that Joshua is considering taking an interim fight. In September of 2021, Usyk soundly defeated Joshua to win the titles. “AJ” exercised a rematch clause, deciding to run it back with Usyk straight away.
While Hearn believes Usyk-Joshua will happen in June, he didn’t disclose any other details. The situation with Usyk is far from settled. As a result, there is more work to do from all sides before everything is finalized. Stay tuned to 3Kings Boxing for further updates.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.