Promoter Eddie Hearn has told BBTV this weekend that the highly anticipated rematch between heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and Britain’s Anthony Joshua is now likely to take place on August 20th at the Jeddah Dome in Saudi Arabia.
The fight was initially slated to take place on July 23rd in the Middle East but Hearn confirmed to BBTV that the date had to be pushed back to August due to them still having not signed an agreement just seven weeks away from the July date. Joshua has recently teamed up with American trainer Robert Garcia as he looks to re-claim his titles once again.
Hearn also touched on a number of other big names, stating that he is hoping to announce the next fight for Dereck Chisora this weekend, confirming that terms had been agreed with a second opponent in a better and bigger fight after the first fell through. Conor Benn is slated to appear next in September, though Hearn remained coy on an opponent but did tease work being carried out on ‘a couple of monster fights’. Matchroom are currently waiting to hear off the WBA to confirm the split between Leigh Wood and Leo Santa Cruz for their potential fight, while Josh Warrington won’t be ready to fight until October at the earliest due to the fractured jaw he suffered versus Kiko Martinez in March.