Anthony Joshua HAS activated his rematch clause to fight Oleksandr Usyk again, reveals Ukrainian’s promoter as he claims second world heavyweight title fight will ‘definitely happen’
Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter has claimed that Anthony Joshua has activated his rematch clause with the Ukrainian, insisting that a second fight will ‘definitely happen’.
The former cruiserweight champion, 34, silenced the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday with a boxing masterclass to claim the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO world titles from his British rival.
It has since emerged that there is a rematch clause in AJ and Usyk’s pre-fight agreement, yet the dominant nature of Usyk’s victory has left many fans and pundits adamant that Joshua has little chance of reclaiming his belts from the Ukrainian.
Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter has claimed that Anthony Joshua has activated his rematch clause
Joshua was comprehensively outboxed by Usyk during a one-sided battle over the weekend
Joshua was heard saying ‘see you soon’ to Usyk after the fight, while Eddie Hearn has insisted that the pair will meet again in early 2022.
And Usyk’s promoter, Alex Krassyuk, believes that the rematch clause has already been activated and says the second fight will ‘definitely happen’.
‘According to my understanding, he has already activated the rematch clause because the first thing he said when he came to our corner was ‘we will see again in the rematch” he told Boxing Social.
‘So he didn’t even consider it as a possibility, it was just a decision already.
AJ was heard saying ‘see you soon’ to Usyk as the pair caught up after the 12-round contest
Promoter Eddie Hearn is targeting a second fight for early 2022 between the heavyweights
‘I heard at the press conference Eddie Hearn and AJ himself were thinking about the rematch not just as a fact, but they were discussing the time when it is going to happen, what AJ has to change to win so I think it will happen.
‘Only some extraordinary circumstances can change it but as of now, it will definitely happen.’
Should Usyk prevail once more, he will look to secure the remaining WBC belt in an undisputed showdown. The strap is currently occupied by Tyson Fury, who fights Deontay Wilder for a third time on October 9.
‘We can talk about the unification of all the belts only after Tyson Fury will have a boxing match again Deontay Wilder, and they determine the champion, and after our rematch with Anthony,’ Usyk said.
Fans and pundits have warned Joshua not to take a second fight with Usyk straight away
‘Of course, I would like very much to have this unification match.’
Joshua admitted that he failed to deliver a top performance on Saturday, however the 31-year-old insisted his inability to cause Usyk problems was due to failings on his part.
‘I never tend to look at the opponent. I just tend to look at myself and realise where I went wrong,’ Joshua said.
‘So it’s not so much what he done, it’s the opportunities that I gave him. It’s not so much him. I’m just going to go back and look at myself and correct my wrongs.’