Anthony Joshua’s Promoter Eddie Hearn believes that his fighter was getting closer on the scorecards in the fight before Oleksandr Usyk finished the fight on a strong note in the final round.
Usyk stunned the Boxing community last weekend, out-pointing Anthony Joshua over twelve rounds to win the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight World titles at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua has decided to activate the rematch clause in a bid to avenge his second professional loss and also reclaim the world titles. The rematch is fixed for a date in the first quarter of 2022.
Usyk is known for his Boxing Skills and that saw him run through the Cruiserweight Division collating all the titles, became the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion. Many Believed that Joshua made a big mistake trying to outbox Usyk and that was the cause of his loss.
“He will want to go back in that rematch, and he will be the underdog in that fight but he has just been beaten by a pound-for-pound great. Joshua lives and breathes boxing, he is already talking about training again and he will be in the gym and ready to get back in again,” Hearn said.
“You can criticize Anthony Joshua, but he has just fought a great and he is fighting the very best, and tonight he came off second best. There is a new unified heavyweight world champion, but there is no point sulking about it and he must go back to the drawing board and rebuild.
Hearn believes that Joshua will have to make changes in the second fight to win and that the time between now and the first quarter of next year will definitely be enough for the Joshua to win the rematch.
“We will have enough time, the fighter in AJ says he will win the rematch but I had it close before Usyk ran away with it at the end. But he has to make changes and impose his style to win the rematch, or he will lose again.”
However, from the observations from the first fight, Usyk will definitely be the favourite in the rematch, which is much different from the first fight.
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