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Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk have rematch for September world title showdown… but only if Ukrainian pulls off win

EDDIE HEARN has revealed Anthony Joshua’s fight with Oleksandr Usyk has a rematch clause included in the deal.

But the clause will only be triggered if Usyk wins, allowing Joshua the opportunity to win back his lost belts.

Anthony Joshua will have a chance to reclaim his belts if he loses to Oleksandr Usyk first time round
Usyk’s bout with Joshua will be his first shot at a heavyweight title

AJ is defending his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles for the second time since he reclaimed the belts after beating Andy Ruiz Jr. in December 2019.

Usyk is Joshua’s WBO mandatory opponent but Hearn has been able to secure a rematch in the deal – the agreement also includes a comeback fight for Usyk if he loses.

In an interview with Boxing Social, Hearn said: “There will be [a rematch clause.

“All the terms are agreed…when you talk about a rematch clause that’s also the biggest fight that fighter could have.

“So sometimes people think ‘oh that’s a bad thing’, it’s actually sometimes a good thing.

“Andy Ruiz ended up actually getting quite a lot of money for his rematch, but it’s a massive opportunity, if Oleksandr Usyk wins he makes an absolute fortune to fight AJ again.”

Usyk has never been beaten in his professional career and 13 of his 18 wins have come via knockout.

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That record saw the Ukrainian become the first cruiserweight in history to hold all four major world championships—the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and WBO titles.

But Usyk surrendered his belts in 2019 and has since proven his class in the heavyweight division, defeating Chazz Witherspoon before beating Derek Chisora via unanimous decision in October 2020.

Joshua promises to be a tougher test for the 32-year-old however, with a date still yet to be set for the bout.

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