Esteemed boxing writer Dan Rafael has today reported that the rematch between unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and Britain’s Anthony Joshua is now being planned to take place on July 23rd, with Saudi Arabia a potential destination.
The Ukrainian Usyk defeated Joshua on points in September to claim the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles respectively, the latter activating a contractually agreed rematch clause in the aftermath of the fight. A second fight looked set to take place but this was soon cast into doubt given the developments in Usyk’s home country Ukraine which was invaded by Russian forces on February 24th 2022. Usyk returned to his homeland to defend his people from the Putin regime and was stationed with a territorial defence battalion.
News recently broke however that the former undisputed cruiserweight champion had decided to take an immediate rematch with ‘AJ’, and Usyk crossed the Polish border recently to begin his training camp as he looks to make the first successful defence of his titles. Joshua meanwhile has switched up his training team, with Angel Fernandez seemingly heading up the corner for the two-time heavyweight champion who will be hoping to reclaim his titles again.