The highly anticipated rematch between two of the biggest names in boxing is now, Usyk vs AJ is looking likely to go ahead after the current champion, Oleksandr Usyk has been cleared to leave Ukraine to continue his path to glory.
Usyk has been involved in a different type of fight than what he has been used to going up against the Russian invasion, where he has been on the front lines with fellow boxing countrymen Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko and Vasyl Lomachenko.
In September 2021, Usyk beat AJ by unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, winning the IBF, WBA, and WBO belts. Now Usyk has left Ukraine to begin training camp so that he can aim for a second victory over Joshua.
There was some speculation that Joshua may step aside from their rematch to allow for a heavyweight super-fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, in which the winner would become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion, but this never materialised.
Eventually, the fight between Usyk and AJ was pushed back further after Russia invaded Usyk’s home country and it was never established when or even if the rematch between Usyk and Joshua would happen.
Now after the recent news that Usyk has left Ukraine to begin training for the rematch, Anthony Joshua’s career-long promoter, Eddie Hearn said in a recent interview “I actually think that fight will happen next and it will happen in June.”
So, with the rematch between Usyk and Joshua expected to take place sometime in the summer, and Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte going ahead on April 23rd, could boxing fans still see one of these heavyweight stars become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999? and the first of the 4 belts era.