Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk is ‘CONFIRMED’ by Eddie Hearn for August 20 as pair agree terms for heavyweight world title bout set to take place in Saudi Arabia
- Anthony Joshua and Oledsandr Usyk have agreed deal for heavyweight rematch
- Promoter Eddie Hearn says that official confirmation will arrive next week
- Usyk defeated Joshua on points in September to give Brit second career loss
- Saudi Arabia win race to host fight as broadcast deal issues near conclusion
Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk have agreed personal terms ahead of their heavyweight title rematch, with the fight set to take place on August 20 in Saudi Arabia.
The two have been in talks over a rematch ever since the Ukranian defeated Joshua by unanimous decision back in September, and a deal has now been agreed for the fight to take place.
The fight had been put on hold after originally being planned for July, but, according to The Sun, Hearn has said the rematch is to be announced officially next week.
Anthony Joshua will be looking to win back his heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk
Oleksandr Usyk will be fighting for the first time since defeating Joshua in September
‘Thankfully I don’t have to say a couple of weeks anymore,’ said Hearn.
‘I can say next week 100 per cent you’ll get an announcement about that fight.
‘The paperwork is now taken care in full and we’re obviously get the press conference out of the way today, we’ve got a show in Mexico tonight.’
Hearn was dealt many possible venues for the rematch, with several US venues and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – where Usyk won the first fight – possible destinations.
But Saudi backers have won the race again, as they did when Joshua debuted there in 2019.
Joshua and Usyk fought in London back in September, with the Ukranian winning on points
The defeat was only Joshua’s second in his career, after losing to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019
The rematch was delayed from the July date due to issues with the broadcasting rights.
Since 2015, Anthony Joshua has been the main pay-per-view attraction on Sky Box Office.
But after Hearn signed a billion dollar deal with sports streaming service DAZN in 2021, Joshua’s fights have been also been available to view on the app Stateside.
The 32-year-old had looked likely to sign a new deal with Sky when his contract expired follow the Usyk defeat, but it has since become more likely that Joshua will sign elsewhere.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has said that an official announcement on the fight is coming next week
Hearn confirmed that a decision has been made on where Joshua’s fights will be shown in the UK, with an announcement to come after the Usyk rematch is confirmed.
‘There’s the broadcast situation, which is like a soap opera in itself, and there’s been a lot of work which has gone on behind the scenes,’ said Hearn.
‘The competition has been fierce to secure the signature of Anthony Joshua and he’s made his decision on the long-term future of his broadcaster.
‘And that will be revealed post-announcement of the fight and everyone will get to hear.’