Confirmed date for Anthony Joshua’s fight with Oleksandr Usyk revealed
The WBO has ordered 24-1 AJ to face the undefeated southpaw and Spurs in a fight of their own to keep hold of their star striker this summer - have landed two for one very special night.
The date confirmed for Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk’s fight has finally been scheduled on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 31-year-old Anthony Joshua won Olympic super-heavyweight gold in London 2012 the day after Usyk also won the same medal in the heavyweight division.
Oleksandr Usyk went on to rule the 14st 4lbs cruiserweight division as undisputed champion and has now enjoyed two warm-up fights in the blue-riband ranks.
With British boxing still reeling from AJ vs Tyson Fury collapsing, the WBA, IBF and WBO king has managed to lift the spirits with a mandatory defence against the Ukraine icon.
Now the WBO has ordered 24-1 AJ to face the undefeated southpaw and Spurs in a fight of their own to keep hold of their star striker this summer - have landed two for one very special night.
North Londoner Josh, who took a recent training camp to Marbella but will finish up his preparations back at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield, said:
“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 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.”
Enigmatic Usyk, who outpointed Brit brawler Derek Chisora at Wembley Arena in October with AJ in the front row kept it short and ominous, saying:
“The path will be mastered by the walking one."