Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk rematch date: When and where could rematch for heavyweight titles take place?
The rematch between Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk rematch is expected to be confirmed soon as AJ looks to save his career.
Joshua was outclassed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25, losing his world heavyweight titles on a hugely difficult night.
The Brit had hoped to secure a unification bout against the winner of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 but now the heavyweight division has been blow wide open again.
Usyk claimed the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles with a brilliant display in London but will now have to honour his obligation of facing Joshua again rather than go for more gold.
The rematch will have huge ramifications for the glittering division moving forward and Joshua will face a must win date with destiny.
He has been there before and overcame his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019 with a top-class win in their rematch later that year.
While the second clash between Joshua and Usyk hasn’t been confirmed yet, plenty has been said about it already…
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk rematch: When and where could it happen?
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said the rematch will likely take place in February or March in 2022.
Hearn has also claimed it is ‘very likely’ that the fight will be held in the UK again.
He said: “AJ has got the chance in February or March of next year to become the unified world heavyweight champion.
“Forget that he lost it, that is the opportunity that has presented itself and that is a blessing. So we take that with both hands.”
Asked where the rematch could take place, Hearn added: “Very likely to happen in the UK, but we’ll sit down and look at the options.
“There will be approaches to do it elsewhere. But after [the first fight], the pluses and minuses, I mean, have you ever seen anything like that? How good was it? Have you ever seen anything like that?
“So I’d like to do it in England again. Maybe at Spurs, maybe at Wembley, maybe at the Emirates. They’ll be approaches to do it elsewhere but I don’t see any reason to take it outside of England.”
Usyk is looking forward to their rematch, his promoter Alexander Krassyuk has said.
“The rematch was written in our contract,” Krassyuk said. “When we were talking to Oleksandr about the rematch, he wasn’t upset. On the contrary, he was happy.
“He was glad and said: ‘Oh, cool! I will beat up Anthony twice!
“The approximate time that Eddie Hearn announced at the press conference after the fight, February-March, is indeed true.”
“I’m a quick learner and we’ll bounce back.”
Usyk, meanwhile, would love the rematch to be held in his home country of Ukraine.
He said: “This is the biggest fight in my career but it was not my hardest. I think that is in my future.
“I love challenges but we have a rematch clause in the contract with Anthony Joshua and we will honour that.
“I would love to have the rematch in the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv.
“Anthony Joshua is our next opponent in our minds.”
Unseen footage between Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk
The fight took place on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and saw Usyk win the fight via unanimous decision after seeing out all 12 rounds.
Matchroom Boxing has released a documentary from the night, showing up close and personal footage from inside the ring following the clash.
A notable moment from the video came just after the bell rang signalling the end of round 12, a round that was heavily dominated by the Ukrainian, and AJ made his way over to his corner to receive treatment from his team.
After raising his gloves to the crowd in appreciation, Usyk approaches Joshua’s corner, and the two show an incredible act of sportsmanship.
Joshua remarks: “Wanna go again? Now I know how to beat you?” with a smile, and is met with a laugh and embrace from his opponent.
The two talk for a few moments before the official decision is announced, and the mutual respect between the two is clear for all to see.
The clash saw Usyk’s career record remain perfect, as his unbeaten streak was extended to an impressive 19-0.
Joshua, on the other hand, was handed only his second career defeat, which sees his record stand at 24-2.
Currently, there is no official agreement for a rematch between the two fighters.
It is believed that the Englishman’s team has activated the rematch clause, and Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk has stated he expects the rematch to go ahead in “February or March”.
It is also rumoured that ‘The Cat’ is eyeing up a clash with fellow unbeaten and WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who faces Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight on October 9.