Anthony Joshua confirms interim fight plans as Oleksandr Usyk defends Ukraine against Russian invasion

Usyk said his “country and his honour” are more important than any fight in the ring and the 35-year-old is unsure when he will fight again.

Joshua was preparing for a rematch with Usyk after losing his heavyweight belts to him at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in September.

But Usyk said he didn’t know if there was any chance he would achieve a rematch scheduled for May.

And Joshua has confirmed that he wants to fight on an interim basis to stay active.

Speaking to IFLTV, Joshua said: “I don’t really want to say too much about it. I deal with things behind closed doors, I try to do communication. But I don’t want to say too much about it- above, because it is a complex situation.

When asked if he was considering an interim fight, Joshua said, “For me personally, yeah, I have to stay active.

“That’s the best thing. An inactive fighter is not a good fighter. So 100% I would like to stay active.

After losing to Usyk, Joshua exercised his rematch clause which guarantees the 32-year-old another fight with the Ukrainian on agreed financial terms.

But it’s unclear when the fight will take place.

“I really don’t know when I’m going to get back in the ring,” Usyk told CNN this week.

“My country and my honor are more important to me than a championship belt.”

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