Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk rematch set for June as Ukrainian crosses border into Poland so that he can start training camp
Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk is edging closer, with Eddie Hearn confident the fight will be arranged for June.
Usyk is contractually obligated to a second showdown with AJ, who he beat and dethroned of his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles back in September.
However, when Russia invaded Ukraine, the champion flew back to his home country and joined his local territorial defence force in Kyiv.
For the past month, it has been unclear as to whether Usyk would be able to take the rematch with Joshua next.
Ukraine is under martial law, meaning no adult male between 18-60 are allowed to leave.
AJ’s team even started planning for a potential interim fight which would see him face another opponent first, before then meeting Usyk again in September or October.
Now though, it has emerged that there is an exception which allows fathers of three of more children under the age of 18 to leave Ukraine at present.
It’s now reported by Mike Coppinger that Usyk has departed the country as a result.
He is understood to have crossed the border into Poland and will soon start training to face Joshua again.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Brit posted a picture of himself wearing a Polska [Poland] shirt, seemingly referencing this. He captioned the image: “Let’s roll.”
And Joshua’s promoter Hearn is very optimistic that the rematch will happen in June.
Hearn said: “They said they would make their decision and this is their decision, he’s going for it.
“AJ’s over the moon. He turned down a lot of money not to step aside and then he might not have got the fight without the money.
“He just wants the fight and just wants to fight. I was at the UFC with him and he was like ‘I just want to get in there.’
“The only fight that gets him going is the chance to beat Usyk again.
“I spoke with Alex [Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk] last night and we’ll speak again tonight. The plan is now to start working on a June fight.
“We’re doing it, it’s a goer.”