Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk Figth go head-to-head on September 25. Anthony Joshua puts his collection of belts and a future bout with Tyson Fury on the line against heavyweight enigma Oleksandr Usyk on September 25: Everything to know ahead of the fight Anthony Joshua returns to the ring for his eagerly-anticipated match-up against former cruiserweight king and now heavyweight enigma Oleksandr Usyk later in September.
The IBF, WBA and WBO champion puts his belts on the line against the undefeated Ukrainian, who will fight for the third time at heavyweight, after defeating Chazz Witherspoon and most recently Derek Chisora. Joshua put in a scintillating performance in his previous outing against the ever-tough Kubrat Pulev, mixing his new back-foot style with the old hard-hitting, spiteful puncher we’d previously become accustomed to as he claimed a ninth-round stoppage win.
The 30-year-old had appeared nailed on to take on rival Tyson Fury for the all of the belts in one of, if not the, biggest fight in British history. But with an American arbitrator ruling Fury must take on Wilder for a third time instead, a bout taking place in October, Joshua now looks to take care of his WBO mandatory challenger. Though Usyk’s capabilities at heavyweight are still somewhat of an unknown, it’s a match-up that has generated significant interest in what could be a seriously dangerous fight for the Brit.
With the match-up now swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know. The clash between Joshua and Usyk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 25 at a full capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Joshua is fighting in London for the second-straight fight, after defeating Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena in December last year. There is also an abundance of action on the undercard, with the likes of Lawrence Okolie and Callum Smith entering the ring.
The fight will get underway at around 10.30pm on Saturday evening, for those in the UK. The time of the main event will, of course, depend on the undercard action, which gets underway from 7pm. Fans will be able to watch the event live on Sky Sports Box Office at a price of £24.95. Sportsmail will also be running a live blog, so you can keep up-to-date with us. Joshua has been typically respectful in the build-up to the fight, insisting Usyk’s phenomenal movement will make him his toughest test to date. The unified champion says he’s been practicing throwing punches in bunches to negate his opponent’s quick feet, while revealing he’s been sharpening his mental tools to eventually pin Usyk down. 100 per cent, he will be (the toughest opponent),’Joshua told Sky Sports. ‘Movement means you are never stationery to get hit. Movement is important. Concentration – when you want to [punch], you lock in, then make a move. You have to make sure your brain works. That can be mentally fatiguing so I am sharpening the mind so that I can concentrate for the 12 rounds. Also I practice having the ability to [punch] four times, not just once.