World heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch against Britain’s Anthony Joshua is expected to take place in late June, with Saudi Arabia among the venues under consideration, his promoter told Sky Sports.
syk defeated Joshua to a packed house at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September to claim the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts.
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow describes as a “special military operation,” Usyk returned to his homeland to join a territorial defense battalion, raising doubts about a rematch with Joshua.
However, ESPN reported last week that there would be a fight between the two boxers this summer after Ukraine’s sports minister gave Usyk permission to leave the country.
“(Saudi Arabia) is currently being discussed,” Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports. “The end of June is also the point in time that we are now considering. A lot of things will depend on how fast we manage to color the papers.
“The good thing is that Usyk is already in Europe to start his preparation.”
The winner could be in line for a unification bout with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury of Great Britain.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/boxing/saudi-arabia-possible-host-for-oleksandr-usyks-rematch-with-anthony-joshua-41498316.html Saudi Arabia could host Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch against Anthony Joshua