Bob Arum Reveals Massive Fight for Anthony Joshua

Published 10/08/2021, 9:37 AM EDT
Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua during the weigh-in Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


On September 25, Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk locked horns in a jam-packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Thousands of fans cheered for the big man, Joshua, who was a favorite to win the fight. But things didn’t turn out well for the ex-unified champ, and he ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.

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Right after that bout, the only thing that struck ‘AJ’s mind was the thought of an immediate rematch with his Ukrainian foe. However, the Top Rank boss, Bob Arum, had some different and perhaps noteworthy plans for the Briton star.

This weekend, one of Arum’s prime fighters, Tyson Fury, will take on Deontay Wilder for his WBC title defense. After that, Fury will look to fight for the undisputed championship. Right now, all the other belts are with Usyk. And Arum called Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn regarding the same thing.

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He suggested to Hearn that Joshua should stand aside and let Fury and Usyk fight for the undisputed throne. Also, Arum asserted that ‘AJ’ will get to face the winner of Usyk vs Fury.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Eddie Hearn, boxing promoter speaks to the media during the Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell press conference in the lead up to there WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel on August 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Recently, Eddie Hearn interacted with iFL TV, wherein he shared Joshua’s response to the above-mentioned points. He said, “I mentioned Bob‘s comments and before I even ended the sentence [AJ said], ‘Absolutely no way.'” (h/t Michael Benson)

Before fighting Usyk, Fury will have to get past Wilder this weekend. Also, ‘AJ’ isn’t really out of the top-notch heavyweight list. And before Fury gets his hands on Usyk, Joshua himself will be intent on getting that fight.

Anthony Joshua desperate for a rematch

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Had Joshua won against Usyk and if Fury emerged victorious against Wilder, then the two Brits would meet for a massive undisputed title showdown.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

More than anyone, Joshua himself wants this fight because he knows the importance it holds in his decorated career. As a result, he will first have to settle his score with Usyk and then advance his chances for the undisputed bout.

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Joshua is eager for the rematch, and this bout might come to life by early 2022. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out for Joshua in the coming few months.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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