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Anthony Joshua '100%' Wants Oleksandr Usyk Rematch After Heavyweight Title Fight Loss

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 26, 2021

Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine holds up the Ukrainian flag after his unanimous decision victory over Anthony Joshua of Britain in their WBA (Super), WBO and IBF boxing title bout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
AP Photo/Frank Augstein

Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua via unanimous decision (117-112, 116-112 and 115-113) to win the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

After the match, Joshua made it clear that he wants a rematch with Usyk.

β€œ100 percent, I want it next," Joshua said post-match, per Luke Brown of The Athletic. "I’ll get back into training soon. That was a good 12 rounds for my lungs; I’ll be back."

Joshua also took to Twitter to speak with London supporters:

Anthony Joshua @anthonyjoshua

Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you! London I love you &amp; thank you each and every time! <a href="https://t.co/GBgF7e5hcm">pic.twitter.com/GBgF7e5hcm</a>

As Brown noted, Joshua can exercise a rematch option in his contract and fight the new champion again. Usyk appears up for the challenge.

Matchroom Boxing @MatchroomBoxing

πŸ—£οΈ "I really love challenges, Anthony Joshua is our next opponent!" - <a href="https://twitter.com/usykaa?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@usykaa</a> <br><br>Post-fight presser: <a href="https://t.co/JT2Tt2FhF2">https://t.co/JT2Tt2FhF2</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JoshuaUsyk?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#JoshuaUsyk</a> <a href="https://t.co/gCUdiwvMPV">pic.twitter.com/gCUdiwvMPV</a>

The 34-year-old Usyk improved to 19-0 in his professional career following the win. The 31-year-old Joshua is 24-2.

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