by Scott Gilfoyd: Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua are still negotiating the date and venue of the rematch.
So far, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says he expects his rematch with heavyweight champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) to take place in April, and he expects the rematch to take place in the UK again.
Usyk says he would prefer to have the rematch in Ukraine, as he is the champion now, and had to travel to London, England, to fight Joshua the last time they fought in September.
However, it looks like Hearn will work his way up by organizing Joshua’s match against USIC 2 in the UK, and he is already talking about placing it at Tottenham Hotspur or Wembley Stadium.
Joshua desperately needs help
If equity is part of the equation In the rematch, Joshua’s fight against Usyk 2 should take place in a neutral country, if not in Ukraine.
A rematch situation in the United States would be ideal, as none of the fighters would have an advantage in this situation. But organizing the fight in the UK is ridiculous, given that Usyk is the champion and had to go there one last time.
“A lot of things are happening right now,” Alexander Krasuk told Sky Sports about the rematch between Usyk and Joshua. “Soon, we will reveal everything.”
“I’ve heard that Joshua could consider stepping down if the money is right because he feels respected by the department and is willing to let the undisputed heavyweight championship happen.”
Hearn has already dismissed the idea of stepping aside for Joshua, saying, “AJ is already in camp both physically and mentally for the USIC rematch, and that’s all he’s thought of since the first fight night.”
So here it is. Joshua won’t step aside, and will gamble this fight, hoping he can win this time with his new coach’s ideas. Oh boy, that would be bad if Joshua lost.
Who will blame AJ this time?
Gilfoid can only imagine the panic that will happen once AJ gets hit again. I mean, who is Joshua this time? Someone has to take the blame, right?
Most would agree that 32-year-old Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) needs all the help he can get to try and win a rematch with Usyk because his career is quickly heading toward the jump.
If Hearn can stack the deck in Joshua’s favor by picking the perfect spot in his backyard in England, he may be able to avoid another loss temporarily. But it is clear that Joshua’s ship is poorly built, pulling water, about to overturn the high seas.
Joshua had the opportunity to avoid another loss if he had done the noble thing and stepped aside as good to allow WBC belt holder Tyson Fury to fight Usyek for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
Instead of stepping aside in favor of boxing, Joshua chose to be selfish about it, exercises a rematch clause to force Usyk to fight him again. Gulfoid could always see how that person would turn out for Joshua.
Instead of focusing on what fans want, Joshua thinks only of his own self-interest, fighting Usyk to try to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts.
Joshua wants to magically try to erase what happened to him last September as if beating Usek would erase the memory of that dreary night at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium when Oleksander handed his ass.
It’s an interesting move on Joshua’s part, but one that likely backfired on him as Usyk sent him for a second defeat. You can only imagine how Joshua would then kick himself for not agreeing to the idea of stepping down.
Anger predicted that Joshua would be defeated again
Usyk is going to crush him. He thought Joshua would get a royal defeat next April, regardless of his points hit — he kicked him out.
I hate to say it, but Fury might be right about Joshua. He’s headed straight into trouble for no brainer by choosing to fight the talented Ukrainian fighter again.