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Anthony Joshua activates his rematch clause to fight Oleksandr Usyk

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New Unified heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter has revealed that a second fight between USyk and Anthony Joshua will ‘definitely happen’ as the British-Nigerian boxer activated his rematch clause with the Ukrainian,

Usyk, the former cruiserweight champion, 34, silenced the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday with a boxing masterclass to claim the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO world titles from his Joshua.

The dominant nature of Usyk’s victory has left many fans and pundits adamant that Joshua has little chance of reclaiming his belts from the Ukrainian but that has not deterred Joshua, who has now activated the rematch clause.

Usyk’s promoter, Alex Krassyuk said;

‘According to my understanding, he has already activated the rematch clause because the first thing he said when he came to our corner was ‘we will see again in the rematch” he told Boxing Social.

‘So he didn’t even consider it as a possibility, it was just a decision already.

‘I heard at the press conference Eddie Hearn and AJ himself were thinking about the rematch not just as a fact, but they were discussing the time when it is going to happen, what AJ has to change to win so I think it will happen.

‘Only some extraordinary circumstances can change it but as of now, it will definitely happen.’

Should Usyk prevail once more, he will look to secure the remaining WBC belt in an undisputed showdown. The belt is currently occupied by Tyson Fury, who fights Deontay Wilder for a third time on October 9.

‘We can talk about the unification of all the belts only after Tyson Fury will have a boxing match again Deontay Wilder, and they determine the champion, and after our rematch with Anthony,’ Usyk said in an interview.

‘Of course, I would like very much to have this unification match.’

 

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