Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Oleksandr Usyk
Joshua and Usyk have yet to do battle for the second time since Joshua activated the
rematch clause following their meeting last September.
NSL LEARNT: that the fight had been delayed until mid-August as issues
over broadcasting continue to be ironed out.
However according to Planet Sport, Ukrainian promoter Krassyuk has denied the
reports instead claiming that he has heard nothing beyond “internet rumors”.
He also added that plans to delay the rematch further had “not been discussed” by the
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn issued an update on the fight claiming that
a delay would be no longer than two weeks with the venue agreed.
“We have agreed to a deal for the site, and the working date of July 23,” he told iFL
TV. “We are pretty much ready to announce. When you question about whether there
will be a delay. If there is you’re talking about two weeks, and it’s for no other reason
than time to make sure we can promote the fight in the right way.
“The fight is happening, the fight is agreed in terms of where it will take place and
both sides have agreed, both sides have agreed to the deal, both sides have agreed to
everything. “It’s just that it’s taken 10 days longer than we wanted it to. Without
putting a date on it, all I can tell you is we’re finalising the final bit of paperwork and
everything is agreed, so stand by.
“July 23, two weeks later is August – AJ is fighting twice this year. So any delay could
only be a couple of weeks because we want to make sure he’s good to go in December
again. July 23 is still the working date, but if there was a delay, it wouldn’t be
[because of] anybody. It’s just time.”