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Boxing: Anthony Joshua WILL have rematch clause in contract to fight Oleksandr Usyk, says Hearn

Anthony Joshua WILL have a rematch clause in his contract to fight Oleksandr Usyk, confirms promoter Eddie Hearn and says ‘all the terms are agreed’ as September showdown edges closer to completionAnthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are close to agreeing a September fight  The world champion is seeking a new opponent after Tyson Fury talks collapsed Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed he will have a rematch clause in placeHe said the terms for the fight are agreed with Tottenham’s stadium a possibility 

Anthony Joshua will have a rematch clause in place for his upcoming fight against Oleksandr Usyk, confirms his promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua’s fight against the dangerous Ukranian has not been officially announced but a deal is expected shortly, with Hearn still in dialogue with Usyk’s team K2 Promotions, but he revealed that ‘all the terms are agreed’, with just a few small details to be thrashed out.

The British world champion was forced to move on from a undisputed mega fight against Tyson Fury after the ‘Gypsy King’ was ordered to face Deontay Wilder for a third time this summer following an arbitration ruling, and Joshua could see his hopes of an epic match-up go up in smoke should he fall to Usyk.

Anthony Joshua will have a rematch clause for his fight against Oleksandr Usyk (right)

Joshua will need to see off the threat of Usyk, who he is likely to face in September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while hoping Fury comes through against Wilder unscathed before he can square off against his British rival.

And Hearn played down the significance of having a rematch clause, saying it would benefit Usyk hugely should he win the first fight because he would then be paid a lucrative pay packet for the second fight. 

When asked by BetFred if there would be a rematch clause in place, Hearn replied: ‘There will be,’ insisting the term was not holding up negotiations. 

‘All the terms are agreed and that was a prior term. When you talk about a rematch clause, it’s also the biggest fight that fighter could have. 

‘Sometimes people think, “that’s a bad thing”. It’s actually sometimes a good thing.

Hearn said the terms are agreed and insists Usyk (L) could make a lot of money from a rematch

The British world Champion is likely to face Usyk at Tottenham’s Stadium in September

‘Andy Ruiz ended up getting quite a lot of money for his rematch, but it’s a massive opportunity.  

‘If Oleksandr Usyk wins, he then makes an absolute fortune to fight AJ again.’

Hearn is lining up two dates for the fight – September 18 or September 25, with Wembley Stadium also a possible contender to host the bout. 

This week he revealed Usyk’s team had already returned their contract with ‘a couple of minor questions’ – and added that ‘AJ’ remains confident of ‘doing a job’ on the former Cruiserweight king despite his many doubters.

‘I think there are no issues with the fight and it is the one you will see next,’ he said. ‘AJ knows how good Usyk is but AJ wants to do a job on him but he also knows people are unsure about him winning the fight, and I think he likes that.

‘He has done four weeks of southpaw sparring up in Sheffield and he is gearing himself up for a big fight.

Joshua will need to quickly switch his focus after talks with Tyson Fury broke down in May

He must get past Usyk and hope Fury beats Deontay Wilder before the pair can rearrange their undisputed mega fight

‘We just hope that everywhere is open because we want to do 60-70,000 at Spurs. It would still be viable but it would affect how much they make.’

Joshua will have to quickly switch his focus after the disappointment of missing out on a fight with Fury – calling him ‘a fraud’ on social media, and Hearn also admitted that his star fighter is doubtful that their clash will ever take place.

‘AJ, in his head, probably thinks the fight will never happen,’ he added.

‘I would like to be more hopeful and I think it will happen. If AJ knocks out Usyk and Fury knocks out Wilder then, in four months’ time, we are talking about an even bigger fight. 

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