Eddie Hearn believes Anthony Joshua will get opportunity to take revenge on Oleksandr Usyk within the opening months of 2022.
Joshua lost his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts to Ukraine’s Usyk on a unanimous points decision in front his fans at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.
Hearn has previously explained that Joshua was “angry” over his defeat and wanted to “bash up” Usyk in a second meeting.
“I think it will realistically be the end of March, early April. Both guys are probably resting, although AJ will be doing a bit more preparation because he wants to get it right,” Hearn said.
“There was a well-documented trip to America, just to look really, look, learn and see. I think he will go back out there towards the end of the year. We will start talking to Team Usyk over the next couple of weeks and pin down the venue.”
Regarding where the rematch might take place, Usyk has previously said that he holds ambitions to have rematch in his home nation.
“I would love to have the rematch at Olympiyskiy Stadium in Kiev ‘’ he said in September – though Hearn replied it was “unlikely” it would be in Ukraine.
However, Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk recently said the venue for the highly-anticipated rematch with Anthony Joshua has been narrowed down to three options.
Three venues shortlisted for the rematch including UK, Ukraine and the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Joshua’s council would like the rematch to be held in the UK again.
“Sort of late spring is more realistic. We will speak to Alex Krassyuk and the team to nail down a potential venue for that fight.
“I would like it back in the UK. There are other options. We have had approaches to stage that fight around the world, but last time out was a massive spectacle and, obviously, this time is a much bigger fight,” Joshua Promoter said.