Anthony Joshua exercised his contractual proper to an instantaneous rematch with Oleksandr Usyk for the unified heavyweight championship, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, introduced on Saturday.
Hearn stated he plans to stage Usyk-Joshua 2 in early spring.
“Again within the recreation and searching for him to turn out to be a three-time world champion,” Hearn stated.
Joshua, 31, had 30 days from final month’s upset defeat to Usyk to tell the opposite facet, in writing, that he was exercising the rematch clause. Neither boxer can stage an interim struggle earlier than the rematch.
The battle of Olympic gold medalists from the 2012 Video games wasn’t all that aggressive regardless of Joshua’s benefit in measurement and heavyweight expertise. Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) was boxing as a heavyweight for simply the third time however neutralized Joshua’s edge in measurement and energy with superior quickness, boxing smarts and footwork.
The previous undisputed cruiserweight champion appeared on the verge of stopping Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) within the closing seconds of a bout that featured no knockdowns, although Joshua was surprised on a number of events.
Joshua, a U.Okay. star, emerged from the bout with a badly broken proper eye and sat on his stool for minutes after the struggle concluded. The unanimous-decision loss was the second of Joshua’s profession. His different defeat was a stunning seventh-round TKO loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.
That bout additionally contained a rematch clause and Joshua made good use of it by exacting revenge through choice six months later in Saudi Arabia.
Usyk, a 34-year-old Ukrainian, is ESPN’s No. 2 heavyweight and No. 9 pound-for-pound boxer. Joshua is ESPN’s No. 4 heavyweight.
Usyk’s super victory spoiled plans for a Tyson Fury-Joshua tremendous struggle within the first half of 2022. Fury and Joshua hoped to satisfy Aug. 14 in Saudi Arabia earlier than an impartial arbitrator dominated that Fury owed Wilder a 3rd struggle. They meet Saturday for the WBC heavyweight championship (9 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV).
The WBC dominated that if the winner of Saturday’s bout would not unify with Usyk subsequent, that the victor might be ordered to struggle Dillian Whyte, the long-standing WBC No. 1 contender. If Whyte can upend Otto Wallin on Oct. 30 in London, he might be in line to struggle Fury or Wilder within the first half of 2022.