Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard lineup announced
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard lineup announced:Matchroom Boxing and Dazn revealed the undercard action for Anthony Joshua’s September 25th title defense against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk. Leading the way is Lawrence Okolie’s (16-0, 13 KO) first defense of the WBO cruiserweight title against undefeated, but largely untested, Dilan Prasovic (15-0, 12 KO).
The most intriguing matchup outside of the main event is a ten-round welterweight fight originally scheduled for the August 7th Galahad-Dickens card, between Maxim Prodan (18-0-1, 15 KO) and Florian Marku (8-0-1, 5 KO).
Both men last fought in February of this year; Prodan earning a tenth-round TKO over Nicola Cristofori, while Marku stopped the tough and previously undefeated Rylan Charlton in the eighth round of their fight.Also on the card is a previously announced ten-round light-heavyweight bout between Callum Smith and Lenin Castillo. In his last outing, Smith (27-1, 19 KO) lost his WBA and Ring super-middleweight titles via a one-sided unanimous decision to PFP great Canelo Alvarez. He subsequently announced a move up to light-heavyweight, and linked up with veteran trainer Buddy McGirt. September 25th will be his opportunity to show that he can compete for a world title in a division featuring the likes of Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol.
Lenin Castillo (21-3-1, 16 KO) has demonstrated that he can hang in with, if not necessarily threaten, the class of the light-heavyweight division. He’s dropped wide decision losses to Dmitry Bivol and Marcus Browne, but should provide a good benchmark of Smith’s potential in this new weight class.
Campbell Hatton (3-0) continues his professional development on the big stage as he takes on Izan Dura (3-7) in a four-round fight. Hatton looks to have improved bit by bit in each of his fights, but remains very much a work in progress, as one would expect.
Finally, middleweights Christopher Ousley (12-0, 9 KO) and Khasan Baysangurov (21-1, 11 KO) square off in a ten-round fight. For Ousley, this represents a bit of a step up, as he’s fought mostly in four and six-round bouts against low-level competition to this point in his career. Baysangurov has spent the majority of his career fighting in Russia and Ukraine, and suffered his lone defeat via 11th-round TKO against Rob Brant in February 2019.
The Heavyweight division’s biggest attraction puts his Unified crown on the line once more against former Undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion and pound-for-pound star Usyk live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and Ireland and on DAZN in over 170 countries and territories worldwide.
WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Lawrence Okolie (16-0, 13 KOs) puts his World Title on the line for the first time against his Mandatory Challenger Dilan Prasovic (15-0, 12 KOs) following his crushing sixth round stoppage of Krzysztof Glowacki at The SSE Arena, Wembley back in March.
By winning a World Title in just his sixteenth fight, the unbeaten 28-year-old from Hackney nicknamed ‘The Sauce’ emulated fellow Brits Tony Bellew, David Haye, Enzo Maccarinelli, Johnny Nelson and Carl Thompson who all previously held world crowns in the 200lb class.
Montenegro’s Prasovic, a former WBO Cruiserweight Youth World Champion, sits at No.1 in the world with the governing body having won all fifteen of his fights since turning professional in October 2014, with twelve of those wins coming by way of knockout.
Former WBA Super-Middleweight World Champion Callum Smith (27-1, 19 KOs) makes his highly anticipated ring return up at Light-Heavyweight against the Dominican Republic’ Lenin Castillo (21-3-1, 16 KOs) after his points loss to Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez out in Texas last December.