Anthony Joshua’s Usyk rematch to have ‘realistic’ date in blow for Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury has received a huge blow in his quest to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the WBA-WBC-IBF-WBO era as Anthony Joshua's rematch fight against Oleksandr Usyk is set to take place next Spring.

Joshua suffered the second defeat of his eight-year career back in September as Usyk outboxed the Brit to claim a famous victory via unanimous decision.

Prior to the contest, it had been hoped Joshua would battle Fury for the undisputed crown of heavyweight champion, but the Gyspy King was ordered by an arbitration judge to complete his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.

Fury maintained his undefeated status with an 11th-round knockout, sparking rumours of another undisputed bout, between himself and Usyk, though it appears the 33-year-old will be disappointed once again.

AJ's boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested a rematch fight with Usyk is close to being agreed.

Speaking to iFL TV, he said: "We've got to get together and decide a date.

"April is realistic for that fight.

"AJ is the type that fights twice a year, and sometimes we feel like it would be nice to fight three times a year.

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"We’ve had offers from around the world, but I think the UK will stage that fight."

Despite suffering a convincing loss with scores of 117–112, 116–112 and 115–113 in Usyk's favour, Joshua was quick to exercise a rematch clause.

Many boxing fans were pushing for the Watford warrior to face off against Tyson Fury or stand aside so that the Gypsy King could compete for the undisputed title.

But Joshua was always adamant he wanted a second bout with Usyk, confirming he would trigger the rematch clause after defeat in September.

"100 per cent, 110 per cent," said Joshua in his post-fight interview, when asked about a rematch with Usyk.

"I’m ready to get back to training. It was a good 12-rounder, so I’ll be in a good place when I get back into training to pick up where we left off."

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