WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, is set to defend all four of his belts against WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, September 25th at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. An event which marks the first in the sport of boxing to be held at Tottenham’s new 60,000 capacity venue.
Speaking during a tour of the stadium prior to Tuesday’s announcement, Anthony Joshua had his say on the matchup:
“The date is set and we are fully locked in.”
‘”I put it all on the line again and it’s time to defend my crown.”
“We are two Olympic Gold medalists 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.”
Joshua will hope to emulate the success of fellow Brit Frank Bruno, who defeated Joe Bugner back in October 1987 at Tottenham’s old home, White Hart Lane.
For Joshua, a victory against Usyk paves the way for renegotiations with Tyson Fury. A fight Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn had worked tirelessly to achieve, only for contractual obligations permitting a third fight between Fury and Deontay Wilder, to spoil their plans.
Joshua-Fury, however, could be delayed further providing Oleksandr Usyk gets his way, as the former undisputed cruiserweight world champion prepares for a devastating upset victory in two months time.
In an eerie Instagram post directed towards Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk wrote “The path will be mastered by the walking one.”
A prophecy perhaps for times ahead.
Usyk’s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk, General Director of K2 Promotions, added: “This is a huge fight between two gentlemen of the sport. Wow! The two London 2012 Olympic champions are set to collide for the heavyweight crowns. Let the best man win, and we will see you again for the rematch!”
For UK viewers the bout will be broadcasted live on Sky Sports Box Office with ring walks expected to be around 10pm BST. Spectators from the United States can watch the fight on DAZN with times varying depending on location.
Having reached the appropriate agreements, Matchroom Sport will host the event.
Matchroom Sport chairman Eddie Hearn proudly proclaimed: “Olympic gold vs Olympic gold, unified world heavyweight champion vs undisputed cruiserweight champion this one has it all and I can’t wait to stage this huge event in front of over 60,000 at the stunning Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.”
George Glinski is the founder of popular bare-knuckle boxing blog toethelinebkb.com and works as a staff writer and post-fight interviewer for BKBtm. His contributions to mymmanews.com include MMA, boxing, bare-knuckle boxing and Lethwei, with a particular focus on the British scenes.