Luis Ortiz ‘would love’ the opportunity to fight Anthony Joshua’ with Oleksandr Usyk rematch facing possible delay
- Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua on a unanimous points decision in September
- Joshua has triggered his rematch clause to fight the southpaw again this year
- However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has stalled negations over the next fight
- Eddie Hearn has said they may be looking to take another fight in the interim
Luis Ortiz ‘would love’ the opportunity to face Anthony Joshua if the Brit is looking for an opponent before a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua activated his rematch clause to try and win back the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles after Usyk upset him via unanimous decision in London in September.
However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has delayed negotiations between AJ and Usyk with the Ukrainian understandably more concerned with issues in his country.
Luis Ortiz ‘would love’ to face Anthony Joshua if the Brit is looking for an interim bout
Therefore, the British boxer is said to be looking at alternative bouts for the interim period.
And Ortiz’s manager Jay Jimenez says his client ‘would love an opportunity to step up to the challenge of facing Joshua.’
The 42-year-old is a former WBA interim title holder and will be best known to English fans for his two fights with Deontay Wilder.
He was knocked out on both occasions but has since rebounded with wins over Alexander Flores and Charles Martin.
When asked what is going on with the AJ’s re-match against Usyk, Eddie Hearn said that the Ukrainian boxer had ‘more things on his mind than fighting Anthony Joshua’.
Therefore, negotiations over their re-match has taken a backseat according to Hearn
He told iFL TV: ‘Look it’s hard to be chasing these guys right now. Look at what is going in their lives right now. They are sending their family to safe places and everyone is looking out for each other.
‘I don’t think Usyk right now is thinking about fighting. He’s definitely not thinking about fighting Anthony Joshua. What I said was, we are taking the fight with Usyk. We don’t want any other fight.
‘But, if he needs some more time – until September, October – we will fight in the interim. AJ wants to fight in the end of May, first week of June.
‘If you’re ready brilliant. If you’re not, we will give you more time. They are very honest people and they will be very honest with us. It sounds like he will need more time.’
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