October 7, 2022

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn insists affirmation of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk is simply days away.

The 2 heavyweights have been locked right into a second battle since Usyk claimed Joshua’s three belts on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September 2021.

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Usyk dethroned three-belt champion Joshua in September

Regardless of preliminary fears the warfare in Usyk’s native Ukraine would see the battle referred to as off, it has been pencilled in for July 23 because the champion returned to coaching.

Nevertheless, Hearn admits that date could now must be pushed again, with studies suggesting the battle will happen on August 20.

“We’re proper on the brink now of signing all of the paperwork,” the promoter instructed talkSPORT.

“It [July 23] is just seven weeks away. It’s a large job.

“They wish to do multi-city, worldwide press excursions. There’s TV rights to debate, there’s sponsorship to debate.

“It’s possible you will note a two or three week delay for that battle to land in August.

Hearn still doesn’t have a date for the rematch


Hearn nonetheless doesn’t have a date for the rematch

“The battle will occur. I’m very assured you’ll get an official announcement subsequent week.

“It has been an extended process, because it all the time is to signal these large fights.”

Stories counsel the battle will happen on the Jeddah Tremendous Dome in Saudi Arabia.

Hearn admits the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium can be his most popular alternative of venue, however explains why the bout should go to the very best bidder.

Requested about his choice, he mentioned: “Wherever would be the most advantageous to Joshua, which is in London. You all the time wish to battle in your house city.

“The issue is, this battle is a 50/50 cut up with Usyk, and we have now a contractual obligation to maximise the income for him.

The Jeddah Super Dome is the favourite to host the fight


The Jeddah Tremendous Dome is the favorite to host the battle

“So if there’s a possibility to earn three or 4 instances more cash, Usyk will not be going to comply with do the battle in AJ’s dwelling metropolis for 1 / 4 of the cash.

“It’s a really troublesome job. I’ll find yourself getting the blame no matter occurs, however that’s OK, I’ll take it on the chin.

“It is a very harmful sport and we’d like to verify we get the very best deal for the fighters.

“We’d love to return to Spurs, however with the gives which have are available in around the globe, that’s unlikely. We’ll see what lands subsequent week.”

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If Joshua reclaims Usyk’s WBO, WBA and IBF titles, followers will name for an all-British unification bout towards WBC champion Tyson Fury.

A battle between the pair has been years within the making, however Fury continues to insist he’s retired following his latest victory over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium.

Fury has held every major recognised belt in the heavyweight division at some point in his career including the lineal championship


Fury has held each main recognised belt within the heavyweight division in some unspecified time in the future in his profession together with the lineal championship

However, Hearn is planning for Fury subsequent, predicting an early knockout for Joshua in his rematch towards Usyk.

He added: “I imagine Joshua wins this battle by way of knockout inside six rounds. It’s a giant name.

“However the way of thinking that he’s in, he’s introduced Robert Garcia into camp as his new coach, he seems super.

“The issue with preventing Usyk is the whole lot you hear round it… ‘Oh, I hear he does this, I ponder what it’s wish to be within the ring with him’.

“While you’ve carried out rounds with him, it’s nonetheless very troublesome, however I feel AJ’s expertise will assist him.

“He shall be an underdog going into the battle, nice. I feel he can do it. I hope everybody’s behind him.

“Hopefully he’ll develop into three-time world champion and at last arrange that large undisputed battle with Tyson Fury.”


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