“We’ve Officially Triggered the Rematch”: Eddie Hearn Gives an Update on Anthony Joshua

Published 10/10/2021, 3:46 PM EDT


Just over 2 weeks ago, Anthony Joshua lost his heavyweight throne to the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk. After some time off, the former two-time unified heavyweight champion is now already looking forward to reclaiming his titles.

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Matchroom top boss Eddie Hearn recently announced that Anthony Joshua has now triggered the rematch clause in his contract. On the other hand, Usyk said right after his win on Sep 25 that he would like to run it back with AJ next.

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He claimed that AJ is now back in the gym and has already started training for the second fight with Usyk. Hearn is now looking forward to becoming a three-time heavyweight world champion in the spring of next year.

He’s got his head back in the game, he’s training, now we’ve officially triggered the rematch for the Oleksandr Usyk which we’ll see early next spring. Back in the game and looking for him to become a three-time heavyweight world champion,” said Eddie Hearn.

Fans want Anthony Joshua to change his trainer for Usyk rematch

Anthony Joshua showcased a rather straightforward approach against Oleksandr Usyk. He tried to use his jab extensively to create and maintain distance.

However, Usyk’s agility and awkward southpaw movement proved his overall approach ineffective. Being the bigger and heavier man, Joshua did not land any heavy shots and failed to use his strength to his advantage.

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

After his loss, fans criticized Anthony Joshua’s trainer, Robert McCracken for giving out poor advice. In between rounds, he could be heard shouting ‘brilliant’, when in reality he was being dominated.

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Fans even took shots at McCracken on social media for hurling praise at his fighter even when he was showing a very uni-dimensional approach.

Do you think the Englishman should consider switching trainers this time around?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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