Anthony Joshua has triggered a rematch clause with heavyweight rival Oleksandr Usyk, his promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed on Saturday night.
Joshua lost his WBA, IBF and WBO crowns at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month after being outclassed on points by Usyk.
The Ukrainian team had already indicated that a rematch clause had been activated in principle.
Speaking at the Liam Smith-Anthony Fowler card in Liverpool, Hearn confirmed that a date in the first half of 2022 was now firmly on the agenda.
“He (Joshua) has his head back in the game, he’s training now and today we officially started the rematch for the fight against Oleksandr Usyk, which we will see early next spring,” said Hearn on DAZN.
“Back in the game and looking for him to become a three-time heavyweight world champion.
“This is now officially triggered and we will sit down with (Usyks Promoters) K2 to plan the dates for it.
“Realistically, I think March is when you will likely see the rematch.”
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