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Anthony Joshua can still “step aside” from Oleksandr Usyk rematch for Tyson Fury


Tyson Fury is ready to end years of speculation and fight Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight contest but in order to do so AJ will need to step aside from his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

Fury retained his WBC belt in a thrilling encounter on Sunday morning defeating Deontay Wilder via an 11th-round knockout.

It had been hoped that the Gypsy King would fight Joshua in a British unification bout, but Fury was ordered by an arbitration judge that he must complete his trilogy fight with Wilder.

Instead, Joshua opted to entertain Ukrainian Usyk who dethroned AJ to take the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts from the 31-year-old.

The Watford warrior has already triggered his rematch clause according to promoter Eddie Hearn and the second bout will occur in Spring 2022.



Anthony Joshua was defeated by Oleksandr Usyk in his most recent bout

There is an option for supporters to finally see the two British boxers battle it out according to Fury’s promoter Frank Warren.

But for that to happen, Joshua will need to “step aside” from his current agreement with Usyk:

“Look Usyk at the moment, it’s no secret, has a rematch clause with AJ, said Warren, speaking to TalkSport.

Should Anthony Joshua step aside from a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk to fight Tyson Fury? Let us know in the comments section.



Frank Warren (left) stands alongside Tyson Fury (centre) after the Gyspy King defeated Deontay Wilder via an 11th-round knockout
Frank Warren (left) stands alongside Tyson Fury (centre) after the Gyspy King defeated Deontay Wilder via an 11th-round knockout



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“If AJ wants to step aside then I’m quite sure we could easily make that fight. But will he step aside? I doubt it. Maybe he will. I don’t know.

“From our perspective, yeah we’d love to do that fight but if we can’t and Tyson wants to continue boxing then he’ll have to defend his title.”

WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte seems the opponent most likely to face Fury next in the ring if Joshua is unwilling to step aside from the rematch with Usyk.





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