Promoter Eddie Hearn wants to officially announce the Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua rematch THIS WEEK – with July 23 in the Middle East the frontrunner for the date and location.
Usyk defeated Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London last September, winning the fight by unanimous decision to claim the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles.
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Joshua exercised his immediate rematch clause, but the fight has been hit by some delays due to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine in Usyk's homeland of Ukraine.
Usyk left Ukraine at the end of March in order to begin training for the rematch, and Hearn has revealed that it is extremely close to being announced.
Hearn told The DAZN Boxing Show: "I hope that this week we will get it done. July 23rd in The Middle East is for sure the frontrunner. It’s not done, it’s not signed, but we are nine, ten weeks away from that fight now.
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"It’s ready to get that fight announced and it’s ready to let these boys start bashing up sparring partners and getting ready for the unified heavyweight championship."
Joshua has previously fought in the Middle East back in 2019, when he avenged his defeat to Andy Ruiz to earn back his heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia.