Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles in opposition to necessary challenger Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
The unified champion hoped to combat for the ultimate belt in an undisputed conflict with Tyson Fury this summer season, however plans collapsed final month.
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Consequently, the WBO ordered AJ to defend in opposition to his overdue necessary Usyk.
The events agreed phrases and this bout has now been made official.
Usyk beforehand gained all the belts at cruiserweight as undisputed champion.
Since transferring as much as heavyweight, he turned automated necessary and has recorded wins over Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora to arrange him for a title shot.
“The date is ready and we’re totally locked in,” stated Joshua.
“September 25, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, I put all of it on the road once more and it’s time to defend my crown.
“We’re two Olympic Gold medallists who’ve fought our technique to the highest and by no means prevented challenges.
“The stadium is phenomenal, the ambiance will likely be electrical, I’m honoured to be the primary particular person to combat in such an awe inspiring venue.
“The stage is ready and I’m able to deal with enterprise.”
Usyk merely stated: “The trail will likely be mastered by the strolling one.”
Eddie Hearn stated: “Olympic Gold vs. Olympic Gold, unified world heavyweight champion vs undisputed world cruiserweight champion.
“This one has all of it and I can’t wait to stage this enormous occasion in entrance of over 60,000 on the gorgeous Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.”
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy added: “It is a enormous event for Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“Anthony Joshua is an icon on the planet of sport and to have him combat right here in London N17, in opposition to a prime opponent in Oleksandr Usyk, will likely be superb for the world of Tottenham.
“This occasion will as soon as once more showcase the stadium’s capacity to take the internet hosting of world-class sporting events to the following degree – we can not anticipate September 25.”