Joshua triggers clause for Usyk rematch

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Britain's Anthony Joshua has triggered his clause for a rematch against heavyweight rival Oleksandr Usyk and the fight could take place in March, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn says.

Joshua lost his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts to Ukraine's Usyk on a unanimous points decision at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month.

"He (Joshua) has got his head back in the game," Hearn told DAZN on Saturday. "He is training now and today we officially triggered the rematch for the Oleksandr Usyk fight, which we will see early next spring.

"We're looking for him to become a three-time heavyweight world champion. I think realistically March is when you're likely to see the rematch."

A possible world heavyweight unification fight between Joshua and compatriot Tyson Fury, the WBC champion, was thrown into uncertainty after Fury's promoter Frank Warren said he could not see it happening.

Fury retained his title on Saturday when he defeated American Deontay Wilder with an 11th-round stoppage in Las Vegas in their third clash.

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