British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, will defend his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles towards Oleksandr Usyk on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on September 25, his promoter introduced on Tuesday.
Joshua was set to battle compatriot Tyson Fury in a unification bout in Saudi Arabia in August however that contest was scuppered when a United States arbitrator dominated World Boxing Council champion Fury should defend his title towards Deontay Wilder.
That trilogy contest was scheduled to happen this weekend however has as a substitute been delayed to October 9 in Las Vegas after Fury examined constructive for the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Joshua will now fulfill his obligatory WBO title defence in London, in what would be the first boxing occasion staged on the new residence of Tottenham Hotspur soccer membership.
Victory may pave the best way for a ‘super-fight with Fury, offered his compatriot sees off American boxer Wilder of their third assembly after a December 2018 draw was adopted by a February 2020 seventh-round technical knockout for the Briton.
By taking up Ukraine’s Usyk, a former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, Joshua can be dealing with a fellow London 2012 gold medallist.
Joshua was the Olympic champion within the super-heavyweight class at these Games, with Usyk topping the rostrum within the heavyweight division.
“The date is set and we are fully locked in,” stated Joshua in a press release issued 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 gained all 18 of his skilled contests, 13 inside the gap, however solely two of these bouts have been as a heavyweight.
“The path will be mastered by the walking one,” stated Usyk, who at 34 is three years older than Joshua.
The British boxer, defeated simply as soon as in 25 skilled contests, had been scheduled to battle Kubrat Pulev at Spurs’ residence floor in June of final 12 months however the Covid-19 pandemic noticed the competition switched to Wembley Arena in December 2020, with Joshua having fun with a ninth-round knockout win.
Only some 1,000 followers have been in a position to witness that battle reside however Matchroom supremo Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, stated he was anticipating a crowd of greater than 60,000 on the 62,850 capability Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“Olympic gold vs Olympic gold, unified world heavyweight champion vs undisputed cruiserweight world champion this one has it all,” stated Hearn.
Usyk’s most up-to-date bout got here in a factors determination win over one other British boxer Derek Chisora in October final 12 months.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy welcomed the battle coming to the north London membership’s residence.
“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.”