Boxing Fight: “Our rematch was included into the deal. It has already been activated in principle from Joshua’s side”; Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter wants a second world title bout in Ukraine in February.
The team of Oleksandr Usyk has claimed that Anthony Joshua has ‘activated in principle’ a rematch clause and that the bout will take place in Kiev in February.
After a majority decision victory over Joshua at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night, the Ukrainian star was proclaimed the new WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion.
Anthony Joshua had stated at the last news conference that he wanted a rematch right away, saying: “100%.
“I’m eager to return to training.” Because of the 12 rounds, my lungs and everything, it was a nice 12-rounder, so I’ll be in a good place to take up where we left off when I return to training.”
Usyk attended a news conference with promoter Alexander Krassyuk, who appeared to corroborate Joshua’s demand for a rematch.
“The rematch was stipulated in the contract,” Krassyuk remarked. “It has already been activated in theory, from Joshua’s side.”
“So I remember when we discussed the possibility of a rematch with Oleksandr, he was overjoyed and exclaimed, ‘Wow, cool, I will beat Antokha (Anthony) twice.'”
The Olympic Stadium in Kiev has been proposed as a prospective venue for the rematch, though Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has dismissed the idea.
“How does Hearn know that boxing is poor in February at Olympic Stadium?” Usyk asked.
“Has he ever competed in the Olympic Games in February?”
Usyk, who is now a two-weight world champion, has warned that he may produce an even more overpowering performance in a rematch with Joshua.
“You didn’t see Usyk at his best. “I know I’m capable of much more,” he stated following his points triumph.
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