By Dan Ambrose: Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) says he needs the rematch with former IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to happen in Kyiv, Ukraine.
It will be a nightmare for Joshua to enter the lion’s den to struggle Usyk in entrance of his personal followers in Kyiv within the rematch. If Joshua’s self-confidence is shot to items from final Saturday’s defeat, he’s going to be a shaken nervous wreck combating Usyk in Kyiv, Ukraine.
As the brand new three-belt champion Usyk SHOULD have some say in the place the second struggle with Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) might be happening.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned he doesn’t like the concept of the rematch happening in Ukraine in February, had he says he’s pondering of staging it within the UK once more. It’s unclear whether or not the situation of the rematch has already been written into the rematch clause.
If that’s the case, there’s not a lot Usyk will be capable of do about getting his means in bringing the rematch to his house nation of Ukraine.
Usyk pulled off a minor upset in defeating Joshua by a 12 spherical unanimous determination in entrance of a packed crowd of 70,000 on the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London, England.
The occasion began out badly with the group loudly booing the Ukrainian nationwide anthem whereas it was being sung. That in all probability didn’t make Usyk really feel an excessive amount of at house having to listen to the boos.
Usyk needs the rematch in Ukraine
Inside the first 15 seconds of the primary spherical, Usyk landed a pointy left hand to the pinnacle of Joshua, getting his consideration instantly. Two extra massive lefts from Usyk would comply with exhibiting that he meant enterprise.
Joshua appeared incapable of attending to for the subsequent two rounds, and he struggled to land something till the fourth. By that point, Joshua was trailing 3-0, and needing to let his palms go as a result of he was being taken to highschool by Usyk.
“It’s important to do your work. Throw your entrance hand, your jab as a result of for those who think about knocking him out, you’re going to lose your rhythm, you’re going to lose your work that you simply’re doing. I’d like to have the rematch in Kyiv,” mentioned Oleksandr Usyk on the post-fight press convention final Saturday evening.
It’s extra seemingly that Usyk might want to return to the UK and struggle Joshua in London, England as soon as once more. It’s nearly a provided that’s the place the second struggle will happen.
Wembley Stadium is an apparent vacation spot for the second Joshua-Usyk struggle as a result of there might be extra curiosity from British boxing followers in seeing the 2 struggle once more after what occurred final Saturday evening.
Individuals are going to need to see if Joshua can avenge his loss towards Usyk, and a few might be keen to look at AJ get overwhelmed once more. Joshua can’t afford to lose the second struggle with Usyk, as that might throw a wrench into his goals of turning into the undisputed champion at heavyweight.
The true tragedy is that Joshua simply signed a contract extension with Matchroom Boxing that may take him to the top of his profession. Dropping the primary struggle after signing the contract is a foul omen.
Joshua got here near being stopped in twelfth
“Within the twelfth spherical, they mentioned to place some pace on, and I did, and the brand new,” mentioned Usyk. “At this level, it was the most important struggle of my profession nevertheless it wasn’t the toughest one.
“I attempted to place my pace in it, and I punched him a few occasions, after which I used to be dropping my rhythm. I used to be coming again to my nook and my coach was saying, ‘You’re making an attempt to knock him down,” mentioned Usyk.
Oleksandr appeared like a distinct fighter within the twelfth spherical when he unloaded on Joshua within the remaining 30 seconds of the spherical. Joshua wasn’t prepared for the sudden surge of offense, and he was knocked again on his heels.
The final seconds of the spherical noticed Joshua trying badly shaken, leaning towards the ropes and taking a shellacking from Usyk.
“He’s a real warrior, he’s a fighter, and he’ll enhance his expertise, and I can’t say whether or not he’ll or he won’t, however I believe he in all probability will,” mentioned Usyk when requested if Joshua will take the rematch with him.
“So long as we now have the rematch clause in our contract, so Anthony Joshua is our subsequent opponent,” mentioned Usyk.