Oleksandr Usyk confirms that his long-awaited rematch against Anthony Joshua will likely take place next spring as he prepares to defend his heavyweight title for the first time.
- Oleksandr Usyk beat Anthony Joshua in September to take his heavyweight belts
- Joshua activated his rematch clause and is set to fight Usyk next year
- The Ukrainian expects the fight against Joshua to take place in spring
Oleksandr Usyk expects his rematch with Anthony Joshua to take place in the spring of next year.
The Briton has activated his rematch clause after losing his world title belts to the Ukrainian in their heavyweight clash in September.
Joshua plans to win back the titles he lost, just as he did after his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.
Oleksandr Usyk expects his rematch with Anthony Joshua to take place in the spring
Usyk is preparing to fight Joshua for the second time and has confirmed when he expects to fight the Briton.
He told the Independent: ‘The rematch is going to happen. The promoters are going to take care of the dates and everything. The closest it will be is spring, or closer to that.
‘I don’t think about my opponents or their changes. I think about myself and how I can improve at least a little bit every day.
Usyk became heavyweight champion by beating Anthony Joshua in September.
The Brit is hoping to regain his titles as he did after losing to Andy Ruiz Jr.
“ I felt amazing backstage, I enjoyed the walk to the ring … and even when I saw the crowd cheering, it didn’t matter if I was pro-Joshua or not. The night was a perfect set of everything that happened that day. ‘
Usyk’s victory halted plans for a dreamy British unified heavyweight fight between Joshua and Tyson Fury.
The Gypsy King fulfilled his end of the bargain when he managed to defeat Deontay Wilder to end his series of trilogies.
Joshua will hope to put the match back on the table with a win over Usyk, while Fury is expected to face Dillian Whyte.
Usyk admits he would have to bring his ‘best game’ if he ever fought Tyson Fury
If Usyk gets a second win over Joshua, he could line him up to have the unified title fight with Fury in the future.
Usyk said: ‘Of course, it’s not always good to think of another opponent when you have a fight set up, but what I like about Fury is his competence in boxing.
Stylistically, it is very technical. He’s polite in the ring. I think it would be a good fight, I would have to contribute my best game. ‘