ANTHONY JOSHUA has a rematch clause in his contract to play against Oleksandr Usyk again – and plans to exercise it.
But the new heavyweight world champion insists this won’t happen anytime soon.
Anthony Joshua has the option of a rematch after losing to Oleksandr UsykPhoto credit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
AJ lost after a unanimous decision on points at Tottenham Hotspur StadiumPhoto credit: Getty
AJ was stunned at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when their Ukrainian challenger scored an emphatic, sweeping unanimous point win.
And as soon as the dust settles, the Watford man has to find out how and when to step back into the ring with Usyk.
Joshua needs to recover – with possible damage to his eye socket.
But his promoter Eddie Hearn suggests that his husband is determined to try and wrestle back the WBA, WBO, and IBF belts.
Eddie Hearn told the Sky Sports Box Office, “I spoke to AJ and it was an uphill fight. He is devastated and is already talking about training again.
“The fighter in AJ is already talking about: ‘I’ll win the rematch.’ Usyk was the deserved winner.
“Congratulations to Oleksandr Usyk. What a fighter. He did a great job.
“Anthony is going to leave. He was beaten by a pound for pound fighter.
“We’ve been here to Madison Square Garden before. It was different and he was hit by the better man that night.
“He will have to make some big changes in the rematch to avenge this defeat.
“He will want to return to this rematch immediately.”
Hearn added, “The danger has always been to rethink it, trying to be technical, when you are not using your attributes and not making yourself felt early enough in combat.
“Usyk is very fit and has great feet. He threw a lot of punches and it was all the things that you worry about against a fighter like Usyk.
“He was probably a little more aggressive than expected and was really good. He goes down in history and there are no complaints from AJ.”
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But even if he agrees to leave, Joshua has to make arrangements with Usyk, who wants to spend time with his family after the historic victory.
I don’t think about the rematch
The Ukrainian hero said: “It means a lot to me.
“I’ve been working so hard since January. It took me about half a year.
“I miss my children. I want to go home. I don’t think about the rematch.
“You haven’t seen the best Usyk. I can be a lot better.
“The fight went exactly as I expected.
“There were times when Anthony pushed me hard, but nothing special.
“I had no goal of taking him off. My corner made me not do that.
“My coach said no and should stay with my job.”