Anthony Joshua triggers Usyk rematch clause

Anthony Joshua has triggered the rematch clause after falling victim to Oleksandr Usyk last weekend.
The British heavyweight succumbed his WBA Super, WBO, IBF and IBO crowns to the Ukrainian in London.
Joshua was on the wrong end of a unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with all three judges calling the fight in Usyk’s favour by margins of 117-112, 115-113 and 116-112.
But the Finchley man, who is already a two-time world champion having previously lost his titles to Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden in New York two years ago before winning them back in a rematch just six months later, is adamant that he can become a three-time king of the sport’s premier division.
“I’m ready to get back to training,” Joshua said immediately after losing for the second time and slipping to 24-2 with 22 KOs. “Because of the 12 rounds, my lungs and everything, it was a good 12-rounder, so I’ll be in a good place when I get back into training to pick up where we left off.”
And it seems Usyk and his team are also expecting a second fight to happen sooner rather than later.
“The rematch was specified in the contract,” said Alex Krassyuk, Usyk’s manager, during a press conference. “It has already been activated in principle, from the side of Joshua.
“So I remember when we discussed with Oleksandr the issue of rematch, he was delighted and said ‘Wow, cool, I will beat Antokha (Anthony) twice.’”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, played down an early suggestion of ‘AJ’ heading to Ukraine –– potentially to the Olympic Stadium –– for the return against the former undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world, saying that he would love to run it back in London.
Usyk, however, believes he will be on the right end in the rematch, with it expected to be in either February or March of 2022.
“You didn’t see the best Usyk,” he said. “I can be much better.”

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