Via Charles Brun: Oleksandr Usyk’s cutter Russ Anber doubts that the IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion will return to the ring if his country Ukraine is at war with Russia.
Anber says he can’t picture Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs), who is defending Ukraine, dropping everything and leaving to defend his three titles in a rematch with Anthony Joshua. That is not realistic.
With no end to the war in Ukraine, Anber doesn’t see Usyk fighting anytime soon, which means Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) and his promoter Eddie Hearn will need to look elsewhere for a fight. temporary war in May, June, or July.
Hearn has been keeping his form up lately, saying he’ll need to ask Team Usyk about their readiness for a Joshua rematch.
It would be a good idea for Hearn now to start asking those questions so he can set up an opponent for Joshua. As bad as Joshua was faced with losing to Usyk last September in London, he needs to be as busy as possible.
Unfortunately for Hearn, Joshua is starting to look like a downhill boxer, having lost two of his last four competitions since 2019.
To delay the inevitable, Hearn needs to keep Joshua as busy as possible, preferably against quality opponents rather than feeding him god food to keep his career afloat. artificially.
Usyk has no boxing ability during invasion
“I can’t see how it can happen as long as this war is going on, as long as the invasion of Ukraine is going on, how is Loma or Usyk going to say, ‘Hey, I’m driving over there. airport for me. “I had a training camp because I was going to have a fight,” Usyk’s cutter Russ Anber said above. Calling Russ Anber with Matt Casavant.
“Saturday was the last time I spoke to them,” Anber said when asked when was the last time he spoke to Usyk. “Today, I spoke with another friend of mine, Alex, in Ukraine. Saturday was the last time I spoke to Usyk.
“I texted Loma, but I didn’t get anything back from him, but poppa Lomachenko texted me back, so that was on Saturday. That’s right,” said Anber when asked if he still has contact with Egis Klimas, Usyk & Lomachenko’s manager.
“In my mind I know them the way they are, I can’t imagine it’s happening unless there is the safety of their family and loved ones and their country at home, I cannot see how they left the training camp or even if they decided to stay in Ukraine and train in the middle of a war. Battle to train in preparation for a Fight.
“I can’t see how that can be done. So this is something that is going to be very expensive for them and for the world of boxing where we don’t get to see the two best fighters. [Usyk and Lomachenko] in the world war. It’s not good for everyone.
“Everybody wants this to end,” Anber said of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Nothing good is going to happen with this, no matter how you look at it.
“There are people who are dying, and there are people suffering in Russia who are victims of a dictator who comes out saying ‘I will go to war’ and decides to go to war. This is not a fight everyone is asking for.
“It was a very dangerous time and a very ugly time. I hope somehow and somehow cool heads prevail, and there is some kind of truce to this and an end to the grudge that we shouldn’t have in 2022.
“It is despicable. People should not hide in bunkers because they have been invaded by a neighboring country. Anber said.
Joshua can fight temporarily in the summer
Sky Sports’ Adam Smith believes Anthony Joshua will have an interim fight this summer with one of the main contenders.
Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) seemed ready to take on Joe Joyce when asked in an interview last weekend. However, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, will likely be thinking of someone else who is ranked lower and doesn’t pose much of a threat.
With Hearn, it’s easy to predict what kind of opponent he will pick for his interim bout with Joshua in the summer. Hearn will likely choose one of the following strong contenders for Joshua to fight next:
- Dereck Chisora
- Zhang Zhilei
- Demsey McKean
- Agit Kabayel
- Charles Martin
- Allen Babic
“First and foremost, Oleksandr Usyk has more important issues at the moment given the dire situation at home. Our hearts go out to all those affected,” Sky Sports’ Adam Smith told Social boxing.
“There is Vitali [Klitschko]mayor of Kyiv, and Wladimir lives there and Oleksandr and Vasyl [Lomachenko] Going back to combat is unbelievable, isn’t it?
“Yes, Anthony Joshua with all the back and forth with Fury and Whyte and who to fight, plan-A would be Anthony Joshua going to have a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. Obviously, that’s the last thing on Team Usyk’s mind at the moment.
“As for AJ, I think he needs to start his career again, and he clearly said in an interview, ‘An inactive boxer is no good.’ He will need to go back there and look at every situation because they have asked Oleksandr Usyk for a rematch for all the titles.
“Where are we with that, and how long will that last? What can happen if Oleksandr is absent for a long time? Because it’s an unprecedented situation, we just have to wait until Team Usyk and Team Joshua tell us what to expect.
“Obviously he [Joshua] want to stay busy, and we would be happy to have him in a temporary fight, however it happens. Maybe in the summer and have AJ come back at Sky. Of course, we’re out of contract with Anthony. Our conversation continues.
“I am very confident that we will continue to work with AJ as we go all the way, and I think there is a great relationship with Sky and him on both sides and the 258 management. I have enjoyed working with Freddie and AJ, and I hope that continues.
“I think in light of what’s going on in the world, this is the least important thing at the moment. Let’s see where Team Usyk wants to place themselves if they want to completely forget everything and just let AJ come back and fight some kind of temporary teamfight.
“I’m sure the regulators will put everything on hold. Smith said.
If Russia’s invasion of Ukraine lasts, Joshua will have no choice but to return to the ring, like it or not.
Waiting for Usyk to give him a rematch could prove to be a waste of Joshua’s time as he is unlikely to be ready to fight any time soon.