Oleksandr Usyk is expected to leave Ukraine and begin preparations for a blockbuster rematch with Anthony Joshua.

Oleksandr USIK is expected to leave Ukraine and begin preparations for a rematch with Anthony Joshua.

Usyk, who joined the territorial defense after the Russian invasion, received permission from the country’s sports minister to leave the country despite the ongoing war, although under current law he could leave at any time because of his young children.


Oleksandr Usyk (second from right) leaves Ukraine to prepare for a rematch with Anthony Joshua.Photo: Instagram @andrii_nebytov
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After fellow boxer Vasily Lomachenko refused to leave for his own title fight with George Kambosos in June, it was unclear if Usyk would follow suit and stay or face Joshua in the ring.

But late last night, a source told SunSport: “It’s true. Usyk is moving to his training camp in Europe.”

This seems to have given the green light to a mega fight with AJ sometime in June.

Earlier this week, promoter Eddie Hearn predicted that two-weight world champion Usyk would be ready to face the man he had dethroned.

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Hearn said on Monday: “AJ vs. Usyk is happening right now? I really think it will. I really think this fight is next and it will be in June.”

The Essex promoter denied those claims on Tuesday, saying Lomachenko’s decision could affect Usyk, but it looks like there was another twist to the story.

Hearn said yesterday: “I really thought Usyk was really going to take the fight — it was like I felt it again.

“But now with Vasily Lomachenko [opting to stay in Ukraine]I think that makes it more likely that he won’t.

“But all we want to say is, ‘We’ll give you time, it’s not a problem, but we want to fight between them.’ So that’s something we have to decide.”

Usyk is said to be reluctant to part ways with his brothers in arms, but some reports claim his team is worried he will lose his lead over AJ if the Watford star is allowed a temporary opponent to boost his confidence.

Lomachenko faced a similar question after his world lightweight title fight with Kambosos Jr. was postponed.

Kambosos said: “I respect your decision, fully understand you and pray for you and your country.

“Please stay safe and as soon as I mop the floor with Devin [Haney], we will make this fight between two real champions. God bless.”

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Kambosos Jr. is now set to face American Devin Haney in a no-contest fight.

Sydney native Lou DiBella’s promoter said he had nothing but admiration for Lomachenko.

He told ESPN: “How can anyone doubt that the fight he’s going through right now is so much bigger than any boxing match.

“We made a deal with him, the deal was made literally before the invasion, we wanted to give him every chance within reason with our allowable schedule.

“We have nothing but great respect for his decision. Kambosos wanted to make sure that after we made this deal, Lomachenko had enough time to make a decision.

“We’ve been saying all along that we’re going to try to put on the biggest fights and we did it today.”

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