ANTHONY JOSHUA lost his unified world title defense to Oleksandr Usyk last September, but now AJ is looking for revenge.
Like the Olympic champion after losing to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, Joshua wants to make up for his mistake by facing the Ukrainian in a rematch.
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The fight has been called into question as Usyk was involved in defending Ukraine after the Russian invasion that began last month.
Usyk outdid and vastly outperformed Joshua in front of 70,000 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last year to win WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn admitted after his client boxed far from the way he would in a potential rematch.
AJ, meanwhile, said at the post-fight press conference that the fight was educational and vowed revenge on Usyk.
Since then, both sides have been in talks for a huge money-making sequel, but Joshua’s offer to step aside to resolve an undeniable clash with Tyson Fury has delayed the process.
Fury, however, will take on mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte, leaving Usyk and Joshua to fight one more time.
Joshua is also on the hunt for a new coach, having tested American coaches Robert Garcia, Virgil Hunter, Ronnie Shields and Canelo Alvarez coach Eddie Reynoso.
“I need to go and get new knowledge from the guys who have been training – Robert Garcia has trained 13, 14 world champions,” Joshua told iFL TV.
“They have so many generations of teachings. Virgil Hunter trained Andre Ward, a phenomenal fighter.
“I need to go and get new teachings from the guys who have been training – Robert Garcia has trained 13, 14 world champions. They have so many generations of teachings.
“Virgil Hunter trained Andre Ward, a phenomenal fighter. I wanted to walk and be surrounded by fighters.
Eddie Reynoso: No boxing, no life. I love this saying. Canelo is obviously a phenomenal fighter. I watched him spar 12 rounds, ask certain questions.
“Ronnie Shields, another African American coach who worked with the greats.”
When is Joshua vs Usyk 2?
- Joshua vs Usyk 2 until a specific date has been confirmed.
- Promoter Hearn had previously touted March or April as potential months for a rematch.
- But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine cast doubt on the entire fight, as Usyk was involved in the hostilities.
- But Joshua hasn’t started training with a new coach yet, and Usyk is more likely to take place in May or June.
- It would also open up the possibility for Joshua vs. Usyk 2 to go to an outdoor stadium in the UK.
What is this channel and can it be broadcast live?
- Joshua’s last fight with Usyk was broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office for £24.95.
- It’s unclear which channel the rematch will take place on, but Matchroom’s broadcast partners DAZN are expected to be actively vying for the rights to the fight in the UK.
- A subscription to DAZN in the UK costs £7.99, but the streaming service is likely to add a paid subscription to its model this year.
Where will Joshua vs Usyk 2 take place?
Hearn had previously stated that the fight would take place at another outdoor stadium in the UK.
“It is very likely that this will happen in the UK, but we will sit down and look at the options,” he said after the fight.
“There will be approaches to do it elsewhere. (But) after Saturday, pros and cons of Saturday, I mean, have you ever seen anything like that? How good was it? Have you ever seen anything like this?
“So I would like to do it again in England. Maybe Spurs, maybe Wembley, maybe Emirates. There will be attempts to do it elsewhere, but I see no reason to do it outside of England.”
There are also likely to be invites from the Middle East as Saudi Arabia hosted a Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr fight in 2019.
Usyk said at the post-fight press conference that he really wanted the second fight to take place at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine.
“I would like to have a rematch at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv,” said the new unified champion.