Anthony Joshua faces Oleksandr Usyk on Sept. 25

With Tyson Fury out of the photo in the meantime, Anthony Joshua has his next battle lined up.

The WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champ will deal with previous merged cruiserweight champ Oleksandr Usyk on Sept. 25 in London, his promoter Eddie Hearn revealed on Friday.

Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole reported previously this month that the 2 sides were preparing for that date.

Joshua was at first slated to deal with Fury, the WBC and lineal heavyweight champ, in a unification bout this summertime, however a legal judgment required Fury to offer Deontay Wilder a trilogy battle rather. That bout is now set up for July 24 in Las Vegas. Neither Fury nor Joshua are really pleased about it.

With the long waited for heavyweight marriage bout on ice, the WBO chose to press Usyk as a compulsory opposition for Joshua. What battles are made from there will likely depend upon who wins.

The 18-0 Usyk made the relocate to heavyweight in 2019 after catching all 4 significant titles at cruiserweight, and the relocation has actually up until now gone quite well. He required a retirement from Chazz Witherspoon 7 rounds into his launching, then beat Derek Chisora by consentaneous choice.

Usyk has actually not combated because that Chisora bout in October, however he’ll now get a possibility to make a really loud entryway into what was currently among the messiest departments in boxing.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.