Joshua vs Usyk: Anthony Joshua will face Oleksandr Usyk next month after his undisputed fight with Tyson Fury was put on hold.
Joshua was expected to meet Fury to unite the heavyweight titles this summer but the Gypsy King was ordered to pull out and take on Deontay Wilder in their trilogy clash instead.
AJ has now had to find a new opponent and is preparing to take on dangerous WBO mandatory challenger Usyk in September.
‘The Cat’ is unbeaten in his 18 professional bouts to date and saw off Derek Chisora last October.
The Ukrainan will pose a hugely tough test for Joshua who must win to keep his hopes of claiming all the heavyweight belts alive.
Here’s what we know about the intriguing bout so far…
Joshua vs Usyk: Date and time
This 12-round heavyweight title fight will take place on Saturday, September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua was set to face Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham’s new ground last June but that fight had to be switched to the Wembley Arena in December due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As London is the host city of this clash, UK fans can expect the main event to get under way at around 10:30pm.
The clash will be for Joshua’s WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles.
It will be shown on Sky Sports Box Office and details on their coverage will follow.
Joshua vs Usyk: Undercard
MAIN EVENT: Anthony Joshua (c) vs Oleksandr Usyk – For WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles
Joshua v Usyk: What has been said?
Anthony Joshua: “The date is set and we are fully locked in. September 25, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 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.
“The stadium is exceptional, the atmosphere will be electric, I’m honoured to be the first person to fight in such an awe-inspiring venue.
“The stage is set and I am ready to handle business.”
Oleksandr Usyk: “The path will be mastered by the walking one.”
Joshua vs Usyk: Tale of the tape
Anthony Joshua – Oleksandr Usyk
Nationality: British – Ukrainian
Age: 31 – 34
Height: 6ft 6 – 6ft 3
Stance: Orthodox – Southpaw
Reach: 82in – 78in
Record: 24-1-0 – 18-0-0
KOs: 22 – 13
Rounds: 112 – 144
Debut: 10/5/2013 – 9/11/2013