Anthony Joshua has activated his rematch clause to fight Oleksandr Usyk again, Ukrainian promoter reveals as he claims second heavyweight world title fight ‘will definitely happen’
Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter has claimed that Anthony Joshua has activated his rematch clause with the Ukrainian, insisting a second fight will “definitely happen”.
The former cruiserweight champion, 34, silenced Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday with a boxing masterclass to claim the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO world titles from his British rival.
There has since been revealed to be a rematch clause in AJ and Usyk’s pre-fight agreement, but the dominant nature of Usyk’s win has convinced many fans and pundits that Joshua has little chance of reclaiming his titles from the Ukrainian.
Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter has claimed that Anthony Joshua has activated his rematch clause
Joshua was completely knocked out by Usyk this weekend in a one-sided battle
Joshua was heard to say ‘goodbye’ to Usyk after the fight, while Eddie Hearn has insisted the pair will meet again in early 2022.
And Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk believes the rematch clause has already been activated and says the second fight will “definitely happen.”
“From my understanding he has already activated the rematch clause because the first thing he said when he got to our corner was ‘we will see it again in the rematch,'” he said. Boxing Social.
“So he didn’t even consider it a possibility, it was just a decision.
AJ was heard to say ‘goodbye’ to Usyk as the pair caught up after the 12-lap contest
Promoter Eddie Hearn is aiming for a second fight between the heavyweights before early 2022
“I heard at the press conference that Eddie Hearn and AJ themselves didn’t just take the rematch as a fact, but they talked about when it’s going to happen, what AJ needs to change to win, so I think it will happen.
“Only some extraordinary circumstances can change that, but from now on it will certainly happen.”
Should Usyk be victorious again, he will try to secure the remaining WBC belt in an uncontested showdown. The band is currently occupied by Tyson Fury, who will be fighting Deontay Wilder for the third time on October 9.
“We can’t talk about unifying all the belts until after Tyson Fury will have another boxing match with Deontay Wilder, and they determine the champion, and after our rematch with Anthony,” Usyk said.
Fans and pundits have warned Joshua not to start a second fight with Usyk right away
‘Of course I would really like to have this association match.’
Joshua admitted he failed to deliver a top performance on Saturday, but the 31-year-old insisted his inability to cause Usyk trouble was due to shortcomings on his part.
‘I never look at the opponent. I tend to look at myself and realize where I’ve gone wrong,” Joshua said.
“So it’s not so much what he did, it’s the chances I gave him. It’s not so much him. I’m just going back to look at myself and correct my mistakes.’