Usyk-Joshua 2 Reportedly Focused For July

Posted on 04/08/2022

By: Sean Crose

It’s been some time since Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua have seen one another within the ring. The final time the 2 males met in gloved fight was in September of final yr, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Usyk, the previous undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world stepped into the ring that night time with an 18-0 file. Nonetheless, the 24-1 Joshua was primarily the person to beat. What’s extra, individuals have been already projecting forward, imagining Joshua would face the winner of the third Tyson Fury – Deontay Wilder battle within the close to future. For sure, Usyk upset the applecart by outboxing Joshua and successful a twelve spherical unanimous choice. The Ukrainian fighter additionally walked out of the ring that night time in possession of WBA, WBO and IBF titles which had belonged to Joshua earlier within the night.

Picture: Matchroom Boxing.

For sure, a rematch was so as. What’s extra, each fighters appeared to need one. Sadly, boxing being boxing, issues quickly grew to become muddied. Phrase was that Joshua was presumably stepping apart in order that Usyk might first battle WBC and lineal heavyweight champion Fury. For sure, the Usyk-Fury battle by no means got here to be. Onto Usyk-Joshua 2 then, appropriate? Sadly, no. For Wladimir Putin’s Russian army invaded Usyk’s Ukrainian homeland, starting a type of bloody, full scale European fight that the world hadn’t seen since World Struggle II.

Like different fighters of be aware, Usyk determined one of the best factor to do at that time was to return to his nation and do his half in supporting it throughout battle time. It appeared as if Usky-Joshua 2 may by no means come to be at that time, or if it did come to be it will be in a hazy, maybe distant future. Then, nevertheless, phrase got here that Usyk, with the blessing of his nation, was returning to the ring to face Joshua as soon as extra. Now all that was wanted was a time and place for the battle to go down. In accordance with Dan Rafael, the query of time could also be answered.

Relatively than having the rematch go down in June, as had been beforehand deliberate, Rafael experiences the battle is at present “being deliberate for July 23d.” Rafael additionally experiences the battle could go down in Saudi Arabia, the place Joshua fought and defeated Andy Ruiz again in late 2019. With Usyk now coaching for the rematch, it’s clear that, though logistical questions stay, the heavyweight rematch between he and Joshua is a go. It now seems to be merely a matter of particulars.

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