Usyk promoter says Saudi Arabia could host Joshua rematch

Boxing — WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles — Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk — Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain — September 25, 2021 Oleksandr Usyk in action against Anthony Joshua Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

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March 29 (Reuters) — World heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch with Briton Anthony Joshua is likely to take place in late June with Saudi Arabia among the venues being considered, his promoter told Sky Sports.

Usyk beat Joshua in front of a sell-out crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September to seize the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts. read more

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a «special military operation», Usyk returned to his homeland to join a territorial defence battalion, raising doubts about a rematch with Joshua.

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However, ESPN reported last week that a fight between the two boxers would take place this summer after the Ukrainian sports minister gave Usyk permission to leave the country. read more

«(Saudi Arabia) is under discussion at the moment,» Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports. «Late June is also the timing we are considering now. Many things will depend on how fast we manage to ink the papers.

«The good thing is that Usyk is already in Europe to start his preparation.»

The winner could be in line for a unification bout with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury of Britain.

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Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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