Via Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn said the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk must take place at the end of June; otherwise, AJ will have a temporary war.
With Usyk currently still in Ukraine fighting the war there, he may not be ready to go before Hearn’s late June deadline. If the undefeated champion isn’t ready by then, Hearn said Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) will be in for an interim bout.
Boxing Matchroom promoter Hearn did not say WHY required IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) to fight AJ at the end of June. Does it make any difference if the rematch is canceled delayed until July?
Of course, if Usyk is pressured to get back into the ring quickly with a June deadline, that will fall into Joshua’s hands, giving him a better chance of winning the rematch.
You hate to say it, but that could be the reason for the late June deadline for the Joshua-Usyk II rematch. That’s good for Joshua but bad for Usyk, who hasn’t trained for the last month while on the Russian front.
“I think Usyk will fight that fight next, we are looking at the end of June for that fight, and that’s when the war with GOT took place by“Eddie Hearn said to DAZN Boxing Show about the rematch Joshua vs. Usik 2.
Why does the Joshua vs Usyk 2 rematch have to take place at the end of June? It would certainly help Joshua if Usyk was given the end of June deadline, wouldn’t it? What’s wrong with July or August?
With Joshua’s career on a lull after two defeats in his last four, it’s clearer why Usyk has been given the end of June deadline. Joshua needs any and every gain to win a rematch against 2012 Olympic gold medalist Usyk.
Team Usyk need to call Hearn bluff by asking him to conduct an interim bout for Joshua if he can’t wait until July or August for a rematch against the undisputed former cruiser champion. .
The way Joshua is looking at this point in his career, Hearn would be in trouble if he were to field an interim bout.
Those Joshua has on his wishlist for his interim bout, Otto Wallin, Deontay Wilder and Joe Joyce, will likely beat him. An interim bout would make sense for Joshua if it was an easy fight with no power and zero chance of winning.
Who could that be? Derek Chisora has been hanging out a lot lately. It would be a great light-hearted move for Joshua to get an interim bout if he’s in a rush to hit the fight in June, but it won’t delight fans.
“If he [Usyk] not ready yet, we will push for a temporary matchBut my gut feeling right now, and this may change, is that you will see Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk for the next unified heavyweight world championship,” Hearn added.