WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion, British boxer Anthony Joshua will challenge Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at Tottenham Stadium in London.
Britain’s Anthony Joshua (31, 24v, 1d) will put his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world belts on the line against Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (34, 18v, 0d) on September 25 at Tottenham Stadium in London , he announced on Tuesday in a press release.
“I’m putting everything on the line, it’s time to defend my crown,” said Joshua, quoted by sporting events promotion company Matchroom Sport. The two boxers were Olympic champions in London in 2012, Joshua in the super heavyweight category and Usyk in the heavyweight.
Finally a duel with Fury if successful?
Joshua was initially scheduled to meet compatriot Tyson Fury in August in Saudi Arabia for a hugely lucrative unification fight, until a refereeing in the United States forced the category’s WBC world champion Fury to face a third time the American Deontay Wilder for contractual reasons.
The first Fury-Wilder fight ended in a draw in December 2018. Fury then won by KO in the 7th round in February 2020. He was due to meet the American for the third time this weekend, but the meeting has was postponed to October 9 in Las Vegas, Fury having tested positive for Covid-19.
In case of further success, Fury could find Anthony Joshua if he wins against Oleksandr Usyk. The task does not look easy for the Briton, the Ukrainian having won his 18 professional fights, including 13 before the limit – but only two heavy.
“Olympic gold against Olympic gold, unified heavyweight champion against undefeated light heavyweight champion, this game is a must,” said Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn. Note that the French Souleymane Cissokho should also fight on September 25 on Joshua’s card.