Eddie Hearn confirms Anthony Joshua has officially triggered Usyk rematch clause

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Anthony Joshua surrendered his world heavyweight titles to Oleksandar Usyk last month (Picture: Getty)

Anthony Joshua has officially triggered a rematch clause and will face Oleksandr Usyk in an attempt to retain his world heavyweight titles, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.

The British fighter suffered a crushing defeat eallier this month at the hands of the former cruiserweight king who scored a convincing and thoroughly deserved victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

An out of sorts Joshua had been sulking in the aftermath according to Hearn, but the 31-year-old’s head is now firmly back in the game and ready to take on the Ukrainian as his next opponent, potentially in March.

Oleksandr Usyk won a one-sided fight against Anthony Joshua last month

Oleksandr Usyk won a one-sided fight against Anthony Joshua last month (Picture: Getty)

Hearn said on DAZN on Saturday night: ‘He’s got his head back in the game, he’s training now and today we officially triggered the rematch for the Oleksandr Usyk fight which we’ll see early next spring.

‘Back in the game and looking for him to become a three-time heavyweight world champion.

‘That’s officially triggered now and we’ll sit down with K2 [Usyk’s promoters] to plan the dates for that.

Anthony Joshua won't face a tune-up opponent before meeting Oleksandr Usyk again

Anthony Joshua won’t face a tune-up opponent before meeting Oleksandr Usyk again (Picture: Getty)

‘I think realistically March is when you’re likely to see the rematch.’

Regarding critics suggesting he should take a tune-up fight first, Hearn said: ‘I think they said that about the Andy Ruiz Jr fight as well.

‘That was a different kind of loss. To be honest, that was a humiliating defeat in front of 20,000 at Madison Square Garden.

‘This was a disappointing loss to a pound-for-pound great. He got it wrong on the night. The strategy was wrong, the execution of the game plan was wrong, but you can’t take away from the brilliance of Oleksandr Usyk.

‘If you’re a winner, you don’t wanna be in ten-round fights, you don’t…



Source : metro

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