Eddie Hearn Discusses State Of Oleksandr Usyk Vs. Anthony Joshua II, Amanda Serrano Passing Up Katie Taylor Rematch
The highly anticipated heavyweight title unification rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will not be taking place on the expected date of July 23, and will instead be happening in August, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
London’s Joshua will be looking to regain the WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight titles he lost to Ukraine’s Usyk back in September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
The heavyweight bout will reportedly be held at the Jeddah Super Dome in Saudi Arabia, but the date itself is still not set in stone. The event is expected to occur on the 13 or 20 of August.
“July 23rd was obviously the proposed date,” Hearn, the head of Matchroom Boxing, said on The DAZN Boxing Show. “We got to a point where we’re now less than seven weeks ago. We’ve got global media tours, you know, we’ve got TV rights to secure and international sponsorship deals. You’re going to see that fight in August. 13 and 20 are the two proposed dates.”
Hearn also stated that an official announcement is imminent.
While on the DAZN Boxing Show, Hearn also discussed the state of the Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano rematch.
“Whether (the Serrano team) don’t think they can win the fight or whether they just want to get some confidence or, I don’t know, but they don’t want the rematch right now,” he said.
Hearn stated that he wanted to do the fight in front of 80,000 at Croke Park in Ireland, however, but Serrano’s team did not want to negotiate.
“Katie Taylor’s desperate for the rematch. She’s got the opportunity to do a huge fight in Ireland, and we wanted Amanda Serrano, because (the first fight) was just incredible. So we spoke to Most Valuable Promotions and they just said, ‘We don’t really want to go to Ireland, it’s not the money, you could offer us X and we wouldn’t take it,’” said Hearn
“It was surprising, because I thought Amanda felt like she won the fight and she could beat Katie Taylor, and they’d be turning down a huge amount of money. But they don’t even want to entertain the discussions.”