Frank Warren will have a spot in next month’s world heavyweight title rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua.
The British promoter holds the trump card, WBC champion Tyson Fury. Warren and Bob Arum both co-promoted ‘The Gypsy King’ and the 33-year-old could be in line to win.
Usyk goes on August 20 ‘Rage on the Red Sea’ card in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as WBA, IBF and WBO champion after beating Joshua last year.
The Ukrainian, who became a two-weight champion in the process, beat Brit on points after controlling the majority of the war.
While talking to Social boxingWarren was asked how he found the bout to come back to light.
“I can only go back to what I’ve seen in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, and I was quite surprised how easily Usyk handled him in the first game.”
“To me, it seemed like he was boxing on command. He wasn’t out there trying to take him down and there were a few times in the fight, certainly in the last round where he was able to stop him. “
“I think this time he [Usyk] will stop him. This is not a rematch like he did with [Andy] Ruiz who trained on his lard. This friend [Usyk] is a complete athlete. “
“He’s trained hard, he’s in the camp, he’s serious, so I think he [Joshua] will have his hands full and he won’t get any home advantage this time. “
In their first match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Joshua couldn’t match Usyk’s boxing prowess and was repeatedly caught with hits that almost brought him to a halt in the final round.
Frank Warren says Anthony Joshua’s corner almost threw the scarf in
Warren recalls watching the match and letting Usyk win comfortably.
“He was behind in that fight all the way. I’ve got Usyk in front, very good in front, and Usyk is giving him a boxing lesson. “
“You can hear something in the corner they’re saying to him [Joshua] he did well – I don’t get it either. “
“The fact that at one stage he was 100 per cent ready leaves no doubt about it. He wobbled and that last round they were ready to throw the towel in, you could see they were willing to do that.”
In the following months, head coach Robert McCracken was dropped from his role along with Angel Fernandez and later, Robert Garcia was hired as a replacement.
It has been confirmed that Usyk-Joshua 2 will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office costs £26.95.