Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua back in September and lost his boxing world title belts to the Ukrainian. He has now triggered his rematch clause and Usyk expects the rematch to take place next spring.
Joshua will be aiming for revenge while also planning to win back his titles, the same thing he did following his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.
While speaking with Independent, Usyk said: “The rematch will happen. The soonest it will be is spring or sometime close. The promoters are going to deal with the dates and other things.”
“I think about myself and how I can become better everyday. I don’t think about my opponents. The last time we fought, I had an amazing feeling. It didn’t matter if it was Joshua or not.”
Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Usyk put a stop to plans for a anticipated all British unified heavyweight brawl between Joshua and Tyson Fury.
The Gypsy King didn’t disappoint from his own end as he defeated Deontay Wilder to end their trilogy series and could have met Joshua next if he had beaten Usyk.
Joshua will hope to revive the anticipation and plans for the match with a victory over Usyk but if the reverse is the case, Usyk may then be the one who faces Fury in the unified title bout.
Usyk spoke about Fury saying: “Of course, it’s not a good thing to think about another opponent when you have a fight lined up.”
“I admire Fury for his boxing competence. His technicality and ring education is top notch. I think it would be a good fight. I will have to bring my best game as always.”