Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua has triggered his rematch clause with Oleksandr Usyk, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
Oleksandr Usyk stunned Joshua last month in Tottenham, winning by unanimous decision to take the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts. The unanimous-decision loss was the second of Anthony Joshua’s career. His other defeat was a shocking seventh-round TKO loss to Andy Ruiz Jr at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
The second fight is expected to take place in March next year. The Ukrainian world champion said he would like to defend his newly-won titles in Ukraine, although Hearn has claimed that the rematch will take place in Britain.
Hearn speaking with The BBC “Usyk has mentioned Kiev in his home country Ukraine as a potential venue and we will look at all options.
“When AJ heard about that he didn’t have an issue with it and found it quite exciting.”
“I would like to do it back in the UK and we’ve had offers from the Middle East but we will see what’s the best opportunity for both fighters.
“I don’t think the venue makes much difference in how AJ has to fight.”
“Back in the game and we’re looking for him to become three-time world champion. He is training now and today [Saturday] we officially triggered the rematch for the Oleksandr Usyk fight which we will see early next spring.”
“We’re looking for him to become a three-time heavyweight world champion. I think realistically March is when you’re likely to see the rematch.”