Despite Oleksandr Usyk’s defeat, Eddie Hearn insists Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury will take place.
On Saturday, Anthony Joshua had a bad night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when he was defeated by Oleksandr Usyk.
Despite Anthony Joshua’s defeat by Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night, Eddie Hearn has maintained that a long-awaited battle between him and Tyson Fury will go place. Usyk astonished the boxing world by defeating the big favorite on points at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Following his battle with Usyk, Joshua was said to be planning two fights with Fury next year.
However, Joshua’s WBA, WBO, and IBF belts have all been stripped from him, putting those fights in peril.
Throughout the fight with Usyk, the Briton struggled to establish his physical control over the Ukrainian.
As the challenger asserted his authority on the competition, the 31-year-old was outthought and outmanoeuvred.
After a poor start, Joshua had clawed his way back into the fight by the midway mark, but he became weary in the latter rounds and was eventually declared the loser by the judges.
Hearn told iFL TV’s Youtube channel, “By the way, AJ-Fury will happen — without a doubt.”
“I’m still hoping for Fury to win in a few weeks. Right now, the attention has to be on Oleksandr Usyk.
“He [Joshua] wants to fight for another four or five years, but he’ll want to reclaim his belts — he’s a proud champion,” says the fighter.
Joshua will now prepare for a rematch with Usyk, which is expected to take place in February or March of next year, according to Hearn.
Joshua’s promoter has confessed that the fighter is already focused on avenging his loss on Saturday.
“Right now, he’s simply hyped for the rematch – he just needs to calm down,” he continued. He requires a vacation, time to rest and heal – simply put, he requires some time.
“All he can think about now is a rematch, which will be beneficial to him in the long run.” But, for the time being, turn off your computer and rest your body.
“It was a grueling battle.” It wasn’t Oleksandr Usyk’s strength that made the difference; it was the pressure and the work-rate. When we came to the 12th, AJ was exhausted.
“AJ’s inactivity hasn’t helped him – that was only his second fight in 20 months.
“He got off to a slow and stumbling start. In the middle rounds, he seemed amazing, but suddenly he wasn’t good enough. “Brinkwire Summary News”.