Joshua to defend heavyweight titles against Usyk in London in September

Britain’s Anthony Joshua will protect his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles versus Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Arena in London on September 25, his promoter revealed on Tuesday.

Joshua was set to combat compatriot Tyson Fury in a marriage bout in Saudi Arabia in August however that contest was ambuscaded when a United States arbitrator ruled World Boxing Council champ Fury should protect his title versus Deontay Wilder.

That trilogy contest was set up to occur this weekend however has actually rather been postponed to October 9 in Las Vegas after Fury evaluated favorable for the coronavirus.

On the other hand, Joshua will now satisfy his compulsory WBO title defence in London, in what will be the very first boxing occasion staged at the brand-new house of Tottenham Hotspur football club.

Success might lead the way for a ‘super-fight’ with Fury, supplied his compatriot sees off American fighter Wilder in their 3rd conference after a December 2018 draw was followed by a February 2020 seventh-round technical knockout for the Briton.

By handling Ukraine’s Usyk, a previous undeniable world cruiserweight champ, Joshua will be dealing with a fellow London 2012 gold medallist.

Joshua was the Olympic champ in the super-heavyweight classification at those Games, with Usyk topping the podium in the heavyweight department.

“The date is set and we are fully locked in,” stated Joshua in a declaration provided by Matchroom Sport.

“I put it all on the line again and it’s time to defend my crown. We are two Olympic gold medallists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges.”

Usyk has actually won all 18 of his expert contests, 13 inside the range, however just 2 of thouse bouts have actually been as a heavyweight.

“The path will be mastered by the walking one,” stated Usyk, who at 34 is 3 years older than Joshua.

The British fighter, beat simply when in 25 expert contests, had actually been set up to combat Kubrat Pulev at Spurs’ house ground in June of in 2015 however the Covid-19 pandemic saw the contest changed to Wembley Arena in December 2020, with Joshua taking pleasure in a ninth-round knockout win.

Just some 1,000 fans had the ability to witness that combat live however Matchroom supremo Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, stated he was anticipating a crowd of more than 60,000 at the 62,850 capability Tottenham Hotspur Arena.

“Olympic gold vs Olympic gold, unified world heavyweight champion vs undisputed cruiserweight world champion this one has it all,” stated Hearn.

Usyk’s latest bout can be found in a points choice win over another British fighter Derek Chisora in October in 2015.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy invited the battle concerning the north London club’s house.

“Anthony Joshua is an icon in the world of sport and to have him fight here in London N17, against a top opponent in Oleksandr Usyk, will be amazing for the area of Tottenham,” he stated.

“This event will once again showcase the stadium’s ability to take the hosting of world-class sporting occasions to the next level — we cannot wait for September 25.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.