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Oleksandr Usyk’s side expect to finalize a venue and date for Anthony Joshua’s rematch within a fortnight.

Saudi Arabia is considered as a venue for the second fight between Usyk and Joshua, which is expected to take place at the end of June.

Joshua is trying to reclaim his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles after suffering a unanimous decision loss at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.

Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports: “In the next two weeks we expect to finalize the details.”

Joshua could return to Saudi Arabia after regaining his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts in a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Diriyah in December 2019.

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Oleksandr Usyk says he’s gearing up to fight Anthony Joshua again this summer after beating him via unanimous decision in September

“That location is under discussion at the moment,” Krassyuk told Sky Sports last week. “End of June is also the time we are looking at now.

“A lot will depend on how quickly we manage to get the papers inked. The good thing is that Usyk is already in Europe to start his preparation.”

The 35-year-old had returned to his home country to help defend against the Russian invasion but recently revealed he intends to go ahead with the planned rematch against Joshua.

“This is how I will help my country more and it’s better than being in territorial defense and running around Kyiv with a machine gun,” Usyk said in a social media post.

“Dear friends, many of my friends and relatives have called me and supported me in this endeavor. Haters, I wish you good luck and wish you happiness, joy and peace. Everything will happen with the blessing of God. Everything will be Ukraine. I wish everyone good luck.”

Sky Sports

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