Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Usyk’s promoter says Joshua rematch possible next year


A rematch between Oleksandr

Usyk and Anthony

Joshua is possible in

February or March, the promoter of the

Ukrainian boxing champion confirmed

Tuesday, days after

Joshua lost his world heavyweigh­t titles to Usyk.

Usyk won by a unanimous decision, depriving Joshua of his World Boxing Associatio­n, Internatio­nal Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organizati­on belts in front of a home crowd in London on last Saturday.

Joshua immediatel­y voiced his readiness to face Usyk again, saying at a post-fight press conference that he is “110 percent” likely to activate a rematch clause contained in the contract for the bout. “The approximat­e time that Eddie Hearn announced at the press conference after the fight, Februaryma­rch, is indeed true,” Usyk’s promoter Oleksandr Krasyuk said Tuesday at a joint press conference with the boxer in Kiev. “Within this period, a rematch should take place,” Krasyuk said.

Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, suggested during the post-fight press conference in London that any rematch would be in Britain.

His remarks came after Usyk, who secured most of his victories outside of Ukraine, said that he “would love to have the rematch at Olympiyski­y Stadium in Kiev.”

Usyk’s victory extended his unbeaten profession­al record to 19 wins and scuppered the prospects of an all-british world heavyweigh­t title unificatio­n bout between Joshua and Tyson Fury.

It also meant that the Ukrainian became just the third cruiserwei­ght world champion after Evander Holyfield of the United States and Britain’s David Haye to also take a heavyweigh­t title. Usyk, 34, achieved the feat in just his third profession­al contest in the heavyweigh­t ranks.

 ?? ?? Oleksandr Usyk (File Photo)
Oleksandr Usyk (File Photo)

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