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Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn breaks up the latest face-off between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua as rivals meet at press conference ahead of August rematch


Eddie Hearn stepped in to separate Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua who once again shared an awkwardly long and intense face-off ahead of their rematch.

On Wednesday, the unified heavyweight champion came face-to-face with ‘AJ’ at a press conference in London to talk up their fight in Saudi Arabia on August 20.

Usyk and Joshua stared at each other for more than 90 seconds at a packed London press conference

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Usyk and Joshua stared at each other for more than 90 seconds at a packed London press conference

Hearn in the end placed his hand in between Usyk and AJ’s eyeline

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Hearn in the end placed his hand in between Usyk and AJ’s eyeline

After the talking ended, the heavyweight duo shared an excruciatingly long face-off before the Matchroom Chairman comically intervened by putting his hand in front of the fighter’s eyes.

It was a similar story when Usyk and Joshua came face-to-face for the first time since September last week, as they met at a press conference to preview their fight.

The British boxer lost his heavyweight belts in a decision defeat to Usyk in September, but days later activated his contractual clause to force a second fight that is due to take place later this summer.

During his latest media appearance, Joshua admitted he is ‘desperate’ to reclaim the WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight titles he lost almost one year ago.

“I’m definitely desperate to get my hands on it. Let me get in there and do my job. I’m not a comedian, I’m not someone who likes big speeches. I’m definitely hungry, definitely hungry.”

Usyk wore a Ukraine-inspired blue and yellow ‘colours of freedom’ T-shirt to the press conference and gave a short speech about what is motivating him ahead of his second fight with Joshua.

Joshua was soundly beaten by Usyk and is now looking to avenge the loss

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Joshua was soundly beaten by Usyk and is now looking to avenge the loss

AJ wanted to focus on his fight rather than talking

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AJ wanted to focus on his fight rather than talking

Usyk says he’s not motivated by money or legacy ahead of his rematch with Joshua

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Usyk says he’s not motivated by money or legacy ahead of his rematch with Joshua


“Everything I do in my life, the way I live and the way I fight is something I am enjoying,” he said.

“I’m not fighting for money or the recognition. Many people want the recognition so others remember them, but I don’t need this, I don’t need to become the great.

“I’m just doing my job now and I will continue doing this [while] my heart is beating. The only thing I am on my way to doing is to save my soul. But everything else that is happening to me is just life.”




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