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Sports News of Tuesday, 28 December 2021


Joshua, Usyk rematch could hold April 2022

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Eddie Hearn believes Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk will most likely be in April 2022.

The Brit was beaten comprehensively by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September where he handed over his WBA, WBO and IBF titles to the Ukrainian.

AJ, though, has subsequently triggered a rematch clause and is set to return to the ring in the first quarter of 2022 in a bid to regain his belts.

There have been suggestions Joshua could give up the Usyk rematch to enable him to fight Fury.

Bob Arum, Fury’s veteran co-promoter in the US, also mentioned to talkSPORT a step aside deal had been mooted between the two sides.

But Hearn insists plans are in the works to reschedule the fight and April has been mooted as the most likely month for the rematch.

“Obviously not much other than we got to get together and decide a date,” Eddie Hearn told iFL TV said on trying to schedule the rematch.

“April is realistic for that fight and where it’s going to be.

“AJ is the type that fights twice a year, and sometimes we feel like it would be nice to fight three times a year. We’ve had offers from around the world, but I think the UK will stage that fight.”