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CHOICES Where will Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk take place? Eddie Hearn reveals ‘five offers’ from venues around the world to host rematch, but promoter hopes to stage title fight in UK

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Eddie Hearn has received offers from the Middle East and United States to host the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, but the promoter wants the fight in the UK.

Speaking before the Ukrainian confirmed the bout on Friday, the Matchroom chief said he was given ‘four or five offers from around the world’ as he searches for a venue.

Usyk is contractually obligated to a second showdown with AJ, who he beat and dethroned of his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles in September 2021.

However, when Russia invaded Ukraine, the champion flew back to his homeland and joined his local territorial defence force in Kyiv.

It was then announced that Usyk had been given special permission from the country’s sports minister to leave the country and cross the border to Poland train for the rematch with Joshua.

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Now it looks all but confirmed that the rematch will take place in June, and Hearn is pushing for it to be hosted in the UK again.

He said: “We’ve had four or five offers from around the world.

“It’s effectively a split fight so they’re going to want to know the offers that are coming in to stage the fight.

“We’d like to do it in the UK, but there have been a lot of big offers to stage it abroad.

“We’ve had offers from the Middle East, a couple of countries in the Middle East, America, the UK, yeah.

“So I think we have to sit down with Alex [Krassyuk] and say these are the offers we’ve had and which one do we move forward with.

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“We want the fight to happen before the end of June, so probably middle-to-late June, the latest would be the first Saturday in July, July 2.”

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