Frank Warren, co-promoter for WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, believes Anthony Joshua would be making a big mistake by moving forward with a direct rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
On Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Usyk outboxed Joshua over twelve rounds to capture the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles.
There is a immediate rematch clause, which Joshua intends to exercise.
The second fight is being targeted for the first quarter of 2022.
While Warren believes a fight with Fury would still be sellable in the UK, he doesn't believe Joshua will overcome Usyk in a second encounter.
"He shouldn’t go anywhere near Usyk — he will never beat him. In terms of fighting Tyson Fury, it can happen. Joshua losing has taken away the belts and he is damaged goods now. But people would still buy into that fight. It can happen in the UK," Warren told The Daily Mail.
Fury has business of his own to deal with. He will face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight on October 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Joshua wants a quick return to the gym - and then wants to schedule a second fight with Usyk as soon as he's able to.
"I’m a different kind of animal. This is a blessed opportunity to be able to fight for the heavyweight title of the world, fight good fighters time and time again, and for people to come out and watch," Joshua said.
"When I was walking back through the tunnel after the fight, I just said to myself, “I’m ready to get back to the gym, I’m ready to just put that work in”. I know we can look at it from a negative point of view but, for me, I’ve got to take it as a great lesson and build on that situation."