Eddie Hearn, promoter of Anthony Joshua, is hoping to finalize all of the details in the coming days for the anticipated rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
Back in September of last year at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Usyk outboxed Joshua over twelve rounds to capture the IBF, IBO, WBO, WBA heavyweight titles.
Joshua would later exercise an immediate rematch clause.
After a few delays due to the ongoing war between Russia and Usyk's homeland of Ukraine, the rematch is nearly wrapped up.
“I hope that this week we will get it done. 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," Hearn told The DAZN Boxing Show.
Joshua is no stranger to boxing in the Middle East. In 2019, he traveled to Diriyah in Saudi Arabia to reclaim his heavyweight titles in the rematch with Andy Ruiz.
Usyk is almost always boxing on foreign soil. The undefeated champion has not boxed in his home country since 2016.