Anthony Joshua will face WBO obligatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 after showdown with rival Tyson Fury collapsed… as heavyweight star becomes first boxer to fight at Tottenham Hotspur’s state-of-the-art stadium
- Anthony Joshua has declared his next fight as he faces Oleksandr Usyk
- The British heavyweight will put his four environment title belts on the line in London
- Joshua will be the first boxer to fight at Tottenham’s state-of-the-art stadium
- Equally Usyk and Joshua are previous Olympic gold medal winners who are now pro
Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will put his four title belts on the line on September 25 after it was verified the British heavyweight will face Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua, 31, presently retains the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles and although he needed to unify the division from Tyson Fury, he has been purchased to protect his WBO title from obligatory challenger Usyk.
‘The date is set and we are totally locked in,’ Joshua, who toured the stadium prior to Tuesday’s announcement, reported. ‘I put it all on the line again and it is time to protect my crown.
Anthony Joshua will protect his four environment heavyweight title belts at Tottenham’s stadium
The Brit will face Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 after hopes of a fight with Tyson Fury unsuccessful
Next the announcement Joshua confirmed off a selfie from the prime of Tottenham’s stadium
‘We are two Olympic Gold medallists who have fought our way to the prime and in no way avoided problems.’
Joshua is the first prizefighter to headline an occasion at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs’ gorgeous new 60,000-seater stadium was due to host Joshua’s fight with Kubrat Pulev final calendar year until finally the coronavirus disaster pressured the bout indoors to Wembley Arena, in entrance of only one,000 supporters.
He returns to London for his fifth stadium fight and enthusiasts will see Joshua adhering to in the footsteps of previous British fighter Frank Bruno, who defeated Joe Bugner in Matchroom Boxing’s first heavyweight advertising at the aged White Hart Lane in Oct 1987.
Joshua will be the first headline fighter to contend at Tottenham’s state-of-the-art stadium
As part of Tuesday’s announcement, Joshua did a roof stroll with his belts as part of a tour
‘The stadium is excellent, the ambiance will be electrical,’ Joshua included.
‘I’m honoured to be the first particular person to fight in such an awe inspiring venue. The stage is set and I am ready to tackle company.’
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, has been dealing with negotiations with Usyk and his group in new months and was remaining delighted to get almost everything signed on Tuesday.
‘Olympic Gold vs. Olympic Gold, Unified Entire world Heavyweight Champion vs. Undisputed Cruiserweight Entire world Champion,’ Hearn reported.
‘This one has it all and I can not hold out to stage this enormous occasion in entrance of in excess of 60,000 at the gorgeous Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.’
The skeleton aspects of this deal were struck a although back again but, as claimed by Sportsmail earlier this thirty day period, a handful of lingering difficulties experienced to be ironed out before it could be designed official.
Joshua defeated Kubrat Pulev (appropriate) in his final fight at Wembley Arena in December final calendar year
Tottenham were due to face rivals Arsenal throughout north London on September 25 but that sport has now been moved to the adhering to day, although the government’s new bulletins pave the way for a potential group.
‘This is a enormous celebration for Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Anthony Joshua is an icon in the environment of sport and to have him fight listed here in London N17, from a prime opponent in Oleksandr Usyk, will be wonderful for the location of Tottenham,’ Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reported.
‘This occasion will after again showcase the stadium’s skill to acquire the hosting of environment-class sporting occasions to the next level – we are unable to hold out for September 25.’
Usyk (remaining) defeated Dereck Chisora (appropriate) in his final fight, which took put in Oct 2020
Usyk, who went pro in 2013, stepped up to heavyweight in 2019, having come to be the undisputed cruiserweight champion in only fifteen expert fights.
The Ukrainian final fought in Oct 2020 from Dereck Chisora the place he secured a earn on factors.
Joshua has been out of action due to the fact victory in excess of Pulev.