Anthony Joshua obsessed by beating Oleksandr Usyk in rematch, says promoter Eddie Hearn

Eddie Hearn is Anthony Joshua’s promoter and talks to BBC Sport about Joshua’s defeat by Oleksandr Usyk and a possible rematch in 2022 because the Briton goals to regain the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles.

Matchroom Boxing’s subsequent present contains the all-British super-welterweight contest between Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler. You possibly can hearken to that combat dwell on BBC Radio 5 Stay Sports activities Further at 22:00 BST on Saturday, 9 October.

Anthony Joshua is hurting like loopy at shedding his world heavyweight belts to Oleksandr Usyk, however I’ve by no means seen him this hungry and extra decided to win the rematch.

Really, obsessed is a greater phrase as a result of since that combat, he has spoken about it, what he must do and what he wants to alter, in each dialog I’ve had with him.

This undoubtedly feels completely different to the Andy Ruiz defeat. That was one of many largest upsets in heavyweight historical past, whereas this one the gameplan was flawed and he bought overwhelmed by among the finest pound for pound fighters on this planet. There isn’t any disgrace in shedding to Usyk.

Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua misplaced on factors to Oleksandr Usyk in entrance of 67,000 folks at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 25 September

I’ve seen many feedback on how the techniques had been flawed – and so they had been – nevertheless it’s tough to not respect the issues Usyk did. AJ was pissed off as a result of he is aware of he can achieve this significantly better and boxed the flawed combat, however Usyk’s efficiency was distinctive.

However, going again to the Ruiz loss, that was completely different because it was simply such a shock, no person knew what to say. Right here, you may see AJ’s thoughts working time beyond regulation on how he can beat Usyk. It was just like the preparation for the rematch started then.

I noticed [Tyson Fury’s co-promoter] Bob Arum saying AJ ought to step apart for Fury v Usyk however I could not think about that situation taking place in 1,000,000 years.

We’ll formally announce the rematch sooner or later and begin planning with K2 Promotions – March or April is smart for the rematch.

Ukraine, United Kingdom or Center East?

Usyk has talked about Kiev in his dwelling nation Ukraine as a possible venue and we’ll take a look at all choices. When AJ heard about that he did not have a problem with it and located it fairly thrilling.

I wish to do it again within the UK and we have had gives from the Center East however we’ll see what’s the perfect alternative for each fighters.

I do not suppose the venue makes a lot distinction in how AJ has to combat.

Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua suffered a seventh-round loss to American-Mexican Andy Ruiz in June 2019 however received the rematch on factors in Saudi Arabia six months later

The Ruiz rematch problem was psychological. AJ was shocked at Madison Sq. Backyard on his US debut in a sold-out area by a man we knew might combat however everybody else took the mickey out of and stated he was out of form, in order that was powerful for AJ.

This is not tough to beat mentally – strategically it is tough. AJ selected the appropriate technique to beat Ruiz and he has to decide on the proper technique to beat Usyk – to not stand there for 12 rounds making an attempt to out-box a grasp. AJ will likely be rather more aggressive. It will likely be unimaginable, a very completely different combat.

Folks discuss of whether or not this damages his legacy however in the event you take a look at his previous 12 fights he must be remembered already as a fantastic heavyweight champion.

All the nice heavyweights have taken defeats – not one has bought by with out shedding – and if you will continually problem the perfect you possibly can lose.

His legacy is being a two-time world champion, but additionally taking up all challenges. He has modified the game within the UK, created a number of the most iconic nights in British sporting and boxing historical past, impressed a brand new era but additionally not swerved any problem.

That legacy can change into even better if he wins the rematch and turns into a three-time world champion.

Fury to beat Wilder once more

WBC champion Tyson Fury takes on Deontay Wilder this weekend in Las Vegas for his or her trilogy combat and I feel Fury wins once more – this time on factors.

The Usyk-Joshua combat was at all times going to be nearer than Wilder-Fury III. Fury is a big favorite however Wilder has the flexibility to finish a combat at any time. It is heavyweight boxing and that is why it is so thrilling.

‘The type of combat that makes British boxing nice’

Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler
Liam Smith (left) is a former WBO light-middleweight world champion and Anthony Fowler received a middleweight gold medal for England on the 2014 Commonwealth Video games in Glasgow

Earlier than then, on Saturday evening, we’ve a very good home combat as Liam Smith takes on Anthony Fowler in a superb super-welterweight contest (with dwell commentary on BBC Radio 5 Stay Sports activities Further from 22:00 BST).

It is precisely the type of combat that makes British boxing nice. Huge home fights are at all times interesting, however two Scousers going at it in Liverpool is at all times a particular evening, particularly in entrance of 10,000 folks.

It is a crossroads combat. Liam Smith, a former world champion, has boxed Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and remains to be a distinguished world fighter, in opposition to Anthony Fowler, an incredible newbie who’s on the best way to world stage as an expert.

Fowler likes to get caught in and have a tear-up, as does Smith. Smith seems to combat at shut quarters however Fowler may be very harmful on the within at shut quarters. I feel the combat will go very deep – it is going to be super and exhibits the power of British boxing.

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