Anthony Joshua’s eagerly anticipated against Oleksandr Usyk is likely to land in Saudi Arabia on July 23rd. Eddie Hearn, who will promote the event, revealed the news when joining Ak and Barak on the latest episode of The DAZN Boxing Show. The pair pushed Eddie for his weekly exclusive and he didn’t disappoint when revealing that the heavyweight blockbuster is close to being announced.
Last September, Usyk caused a mini upset when he dominated Joshua at London’s Tottenham Hotspur stadium to become unified heavyweight champion. With Joshua entitled to an immediate rematch, it appears that the contest is close to becoming reality following months of negotiations impacted by the conflict in Ukraine, Usyk’s home country.
“I hope that this week we will get it done,” said Hearn on The DAZN Boxing Show. “July 23rd in The Middle East is, for sure, the frontrunner. It’s not done, it’s not signed, but we are nine, ten weeks away from that fight now. It’s ready to get that fight announced and it’s ready to let these boys start bashing up sparring partners and getting ready for the unified heavyweight championship.”
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DAZN subscribers can see Eddie Hearn's full interview, where he discusses various boxing matters, on tonight's The DAZN Boxing Show.