‘I Will Win the Rematch’ – Eddie Hearn Reveals Anthony Joshua’s First Statement After Humiliating Loss

Published 09/25/2021, 7:15 PM EDT
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Anthony Joshua isn’t willing to hold back after a humiliating unified heavyweight title loss against Oleksandr Usyk via UD in London. Having suffered adversity in the past, Joshua knows the emotions of losing the top-tier status. That said, he is already looking forward to re-matching his Ukrainian opponent.

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Following all 12-rounds of action, Joshua contracted sheer damage and looked beaten to the pulp. However, Usyk was still on his feet following a dominant display in this career-defining matchup. The after-effects of the fight have clearly changed the entire course of the heavyweight division, as Fury vs AJ no longer looks relevant.

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While Anthony Joshua looked disappointed on his way out of the ring, Eddie Hearn has already revealed the boxer’s plan on re-conquering the divisions. Michael Benson’s social media post reflected a portion of AJ-Hearn conversation from post-fight.

“The fighter in AJ is already talking about, ‘I’ll win the rematch.’ Usyk was the deserved winner. He’s got to make changes in the rematch. He will want to go straight back into that rematch,” said Eddie Hearn.

The re-match clause could be intriguing, but only if Oleksandr Usyk agrees. As for the initial reports, the winner of Usyk vs Josua would face the winner of Fury vs Wilder 3.

Thus, the new unified heavyweight champion can look forward to having a shot at the WBC strap next. Meanwhile, Joshua will have to deal with the naysayers until his next fight.

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What’s next for Anthony Joshua?

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The 2012 Olympic gold medalist suffered the first loss of his career against Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019 via TKO. Following the huge upset, ‘AJ’ received an immediate rematch in December. He snatched his lost tiles in a lopsided showdown against Ruiz Jr. and became a 2x unified heavyweight title-holder.

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

Following ‘Clash on the Dunes’, after one successful fight against Kubrat Pulev, he has lost the belts again. The quickest way to becoming a 3x champion will be the rematch against Usyk.

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If Oleksandr Usyk goes for a four-belt clash, it will leave ‘AJ’ with no title fight on his radar.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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