By Charles Brun: Anthony Joshua can be placing his profession on the road in his rematch with IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on August twentieth on DAZN PPV in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Eddie Hearn says Joshua needs “redemption” to even the rating after his loss to Usyk 9 months in the past.
Hearn had hoped to stage the rematch in London once more, however Group Usyk needed to stage the match the place it might take advantage of cash relatively than inserting it in a spot that will give Joshua the benefit once more.
You may’t blame Usyk for selecting to take the second combat in a location the place it may well usher in probably the most income since you by no means know what would possibly occur with regards to the scoring of the rematch.
The final time they fought in London, Usyk appeared to win 10 of 12 rounds, but he barely squeaked by a victory by these scores: 117-112, 115-113, and 116-112.
Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) is relying on repeating historical past by avenging one other one in all his disappointing defeats when he takes on the unbeaten Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) two months from now.
If Joshua is true about his perception that he can avenge his defeat, he may have resurrected his profession and be showered with reward from boxing followers and the media. The gravy practice will proceed for Matchroom Boxing, and all can be properly.
Nonetheless, if Joshua royally blew it by taking the rematch with Usyk, he’ll be trounced and sure knocked out, and he’ll make DAZN look dunces for having given him a colossal deal in bringing him to their community.
AJ misplaced his three titles to Usyk final September in a 12-round unanimous choice at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in North London, England.
Since then, many boxing followers have suggested the 32-year-old Joshua to chop his losses, keep away from Usyk, and give attention to going for a cash-out match in opposition to WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
The Gypsy King has seemingly misplaced his ambition to proceed his profession after current wins over Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder.
Joshua has determined to combat Usyk once more, and he believes he can win again his IBF, WBA & WBO titles in the identical manner AJ did when he beat Andy Ruiz Jr. of their rematch in December 2019 after dropping to him of their first combat in June of that 12 months in New York.
The distinction right here is that Usyk isn’t going to make a pig of himself, eat his approach to 283 lbs, and blow off coaching camp the best way Ruiz Jr.
“All the things is on the road for this bout, and it couldn’t be a much bigger contest,” stated Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “We all know Oleksandr Usyk is a superb fighter, and we noticed that final trip, however I do know Anthony Joshua is extra decided than ever.
“Little doubt all eyes of the world can be on the ring come Saturday, August twentieth. It is a story of redemption, and the countdown begins now,” stated Hearn.