Eddie Hearn believes the fight contract for Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk could be finalised this week.
Joshua and Usyk will fight for a second time this summer, after the Ukrainian boxer upset the odds in beating his significantly larger opponent by unanimous decision last September.
The build-up to the fight has been anything but straight forward, as Usyk returned to Ukraine to fight for his country’s capital following the Russian invasion, but he has since left Kyiv in order to train for the rematch with Joshua.
Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn was speaking on the DAZN Boxing Show about the latest developments in regards to the fight and said he expects the bout to take place in the Middle East on July 23rd.
Eddie Hearn is hoping for an announcement this week.
“I hope that this week we will get it done. July 23rd, in the Middle East is for sure the front runner right now,” Hearn said.
“We’re closing contracts around that date. It’s not done, it’s not signed, but we are nine, ten weeks away from that fight now. So it’s ready. It’s ready to go, it’s ready to get that fight announced.
“It’s ready to let these boys start bashing up sparring partners and get ready for the unified heavyweight world championship, so I think you can expect an announcement.
“Obviously this week we’ve got a big show in Bilbao on Friday in Spain and then the O2 on Saturday. So maybe around those shows, if not, very early next week we’re looking to give you boys the official announcement.”
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The future of the heavyweight division is looking uncertain.
For a long time now Joshua has stated that his goal is to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion, but even if he does beat Usyk in the rematch, it isn’t currently clear how he would make that dream a reality.
Usyk holds three of the four major world titles in the heavyweight division, while Tyson Fury holds the WBC belt, although he has insisted that his career in professional boxing has come to an end.
The WBC have recently said that they will give Fury time to reconsider his decision, but should he stay retired and vacate the title, the organisation have indicated that they would hold a series of fights to determine a new champion.