Boxing: Usyk's promoter says talks for rematch with Joshua to begin soon

Anthony Joshua (left) and Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on Sept 25, 2021.
Anthony Joshua (left) and Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on Sept 25, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will initiate plans for a rematch by discussing the probable venue for the fight, Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk said on Thursday (Nov 11).

Joshua lost his World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organisation, International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organisation belts to Ukraine's Usyk on a unanimous points decision in front of a sell-out crowd at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, said last month that the British boxer triggered his clause for a rematch against heavyweight rival Usyk and that the fight could take place in March.

"We plan to meet with Eddie Hearn within the next couple of weeks to initiate the rematch activities," Usyk's promoter Krassyuk told Sky Sports.

"We have three options under consideration: the United Kingdom, Ukraine and the Middle East.

"Hopefully, by the end of 2021, we will be in the position to take the final decision." Hearn told talkSPORT Joshua's contingent would like the rematch to be held in Britain again.

"We have had approaches to stage that fight around the world, but last time out was a massive spectacle and, obviously, this time is a much bigger fight," Hearn added.