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Usykโ€™s promoter says talks for rematch with Joshua to begin soon


Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will initiate plans for a rematch by discussing the probable venue for the fight, Usykโ€™s promoter Alexander Krassyuk said on Thursday.

Joshua lost his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts to Ukraineโ€™s Usyk on a unanimous points decision in front of a sell-out crowd at Londonโ€™s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September. Joshuaโ€™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.

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โ€œWe plan to meet with Eddie Hearn within the next couple of weeks to initiate the rematch activities,โ€ Usykโ€™s promoter Krassyuk told Sky Sports.

โ€œWe 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.โ€

Hearn told talkSPORT Joshuaโ€™s contingent would like the rematch to be held in Britain again. โ€œWe 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,โ€ Hearn added.

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