Do or Die rematch of Anthony Joshua with Alexander Usik could happen in the Middle East.
The 31-year-old Watford Warrior will share the ring with the southeastern technician early next year, after breaking the unified heavyweight title with his fist last month.
Undefeated Ukrainian Usik wants his first title defense to take place on home soil, but promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that several Middle Eastern countries have ‘made offers’ to host the fight.
They told BBC: “The same has mentioned Kiev in his home country of Ukraine as a possible destination and we will look into all options.
“When AJ heard about it, he didn’t mind and found it very exciting.
“I want to make it back to the UK and we have offers from the Middle East but we will see what is the best opportunity for both fighters.
“I don’t think it makes any difference to the venue as to how AJ has to fight.”
Hearn, the head of matchroom boxing, is hoping to give Joshua his crack at redemption in the spring of 2022.
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He added: “We will formally announce the rematch at an appropriate time and begin planning with K2 promotions – March or April is sensible for a rematch.”
A defeat to Fleet-Footed Usyak, who bounced off a cruiserweight, has ignited AJ’s leadership.
Hearn said: “Anthony Joshua is hurting like crazy to lose his world heavyweight belt to Oleksandr Usik, but I’ve never seen him so hungry and more determined to win a rematch.
“Actually, obsess is a better word because since that fight, she’s talked about what she needs to do and what she needs to change, in every conversation I’ve had with her.”
He continued: “I’ve seen many comments about how the strategy was wrong – and they were – but it’s hard not to appreciate the things Usyak did.
“AJ was disappointed because he knew he could do so much better and fought the wrong fight, but Usyak’s performance was exceptional.
“But, going back [Andy] Ruiz’s loss, he was different because it was just such a blow, no one knew what to say.
“Here, you can see AJ’s mind working overtime to see how he can beat Usyak. It was as if the preparations for the rematch had started.”
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