Last year, Anthony Joshua squared off with Ukrainian stalwart, Oleksandr Usyk in a heavyweight title defense fight. In a jam-packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Usyk pulled off an upset by defeating the Briton in front of his home crowd. Since then, Joshua remained on the line for an inevitable rematch.
The two men were expected to square off in early 2022. But amidst the ongoing crisis between Ukraine and Russia, ‘The Cat’ is looking to fight for his motherland.
Citing that, Joshua had something to say about Usyk. Speaking to iFL TV, he said, “I’ve learned sports and politics go hand in hand and they’re powerful voices and it’s good that they’re speaking up. They’re not like pushing for what they’re saying. Let’s find peace in it, so good luck to him and that’s it, really.”
A few days back, Usyk posted a ‘No War’ video message on his social media. Not just that, he’s constantly remaining active on his social handle these days, rolling out messages for the fans.
In between all this, his next potential opponent interacted with the media to share some words for ‘The Cat’. Boxing lovers around the globe are desperate to see Joshua and Usyk collide again.
This is one of the most important career fights for the Briton and more than anyone else, he’s desperate to take on Usyk. Joshua triggered the rematch clause to settle his scores with Usyk. Consequently, a fight between the two has to happen as it holds mammoth responsibilities of the heavy roster.
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2 – Will it get delayed?
In between the ongoing political altercations, it’s tough to determine the exact timeline for Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2.
This fight is extremely vital, but the current situation does seem like a dark cloud on this bout.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, opened up on this fight’s situation, giving a candid take. In the coming weeks, the picture regarding this rematch is expected to get clear.