- Anthony Joshua has triggered his rematch clause with Oleksandr Usyk
- Joshua was beaten by the decision as he faced the Ukrainian fighter last month
- The fight is due in March next year and the place is not decided
Eddie Hearn has revealed that Anthony Joshua triggered his rematch clause with Alexander Usik.
The fight is expected to take place in March next year.
Last month Joshua was beaten by decision as he faced Usik at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and lost his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the process.
Anthony Joshua (right) has triggered his rematch clause with Oleksandr Usyk (left)
Hearn told DAZN: ‘Today we officially begin the rematch for the Oleksandr Usyk fight, which we will see early next spring.
‘Back in the sport and we are looking for him to become a three-time world champion.
‘Some niggles in the camp for AJ, Usyak had a bad cut, it’s officially started, we’ll sit down with the K2 hype and I think March is when you see that fight.
‘It was a disappointing loss pound-for-pound.
‘We don’t need to get back in the game with 10-rounders, he needs to rip those belts off Usyak.’
Uncertain about where the fighting will take place, Usyk wants it to be held in Kiev, the capital of his native Ukraine.
Hearn wants the fight to happen in England but Usyk wants it to happen in Ukraine
Hearn reveals that Joshua is angry and healed from the mistakes made against Usik
Meanwhile, Hearn looks forward to the fight taking place in Britain, although the Middle East has the option of holding it.
Hearn told bbc sport: ‘Usik has mentioned Kiev in his home country of Ukraine as a possible site and we will look into all options.
‘When AJ heard about it, he didn’t mind and found it very exciting.
‘I would like to do it back in the UK and we had offers from the Middle East but we will see what is the best opportunity for both fighters.
‘I don’t think the venue makes much difference to how AJ has to fight.’
Hearn revealed this week that Joshua is determined to bounce back from the loss to Usyk and has ‘recovered’ from his mistakes.
They told talkSPORT: ‘I think AJ is humble in defeat, he feels a responsibility to act like that – it couldn’t be further away from reality. In fact I would like him to lose that humility sometime.
‘But he’s in agony. That’s the reality – I’ve been with him a couple of times and he’s been fixated on the mistakes he’s made. He is disappointed, he is disappointed, he is disappointed. He can only think about how he can improve.’