Update Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Oleksandr Usyk ‘delayed until mid-August
Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Oleksandr Usyk has reportedly been pushed back until mid-August.
The British-Nigerian boxer is set to face Usyk for a second time this year after losing his unified heavyweight titles when they last collided back in September.
Recall, that the rematch between the pair was billed to take place in Saudi Arabia on July 23, but The Telegraph is now reporting that it has been delayed until mid-August due to a dispute surrounding broadcast rights.
It is believed their return bout will still be staged out in the Middle East, where Joshua previously reclaimed his unified crown against Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019.
The delay will allow him more time to gel with new trainer Robert Garcia amid reports claiming he has joined forces with the Mexican-American.
It was gathered that additional time will be required to create a purpose-built stadium in Saudi Arabia fitted with air conditioning, an essential given the searing temperatures of more than 40 degrees.
Hearn revealed in an interview with iFL TV this week that while his proposed date of July 23 was not guaranteed, an official announcement confirming the rematch is on the horizon.
‘When you question about will there be a delay? If there is, you’re talking about two weeks and it’s for no other reason than time and making sure we can promote the fight in the right way,’ he said.
‘The fight is happening, the fight is agreed in terms of where it will take place and both sides have agreed, both sides have agreed the deal, and both sides have agreed everything.
‘It’s just probably taken 10 days longer than we wanted it to and without putting a date all I can tell you is we are finalising the final bits of paperwork, and everything is agreed. So, standby.