Boxing: Anthony Joshua to defend heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk in September

Britain’s Anthony Joshua will defend his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25, his promoter announced on Tuesday.

Joshua was scheduled to fight compatriot Tyson Fury in a unification fight in Saudi Arabia in August, but that fight fell through when an American referee ruled that the World Boxing Council champion Fury should defend his title against Deontay Wilder.

This trilogy contest was supposed to take place this weekend, but was instead postponed to October 9 in Las Vegas after Fury tested positive for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Joshua will now fulfill his mandatory WBO title defense in London, in what will be the first boxing event staged at the new home of Tottenham Hotspur football club.

Taking on the Ukrainian Usyk, former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, Joshua will face another London 2012 gold medalist.

Joshua was the Olympic champion in the super heavyweight category at those games, with Usyk at the top of the podium in the heavyweight division.

“The date is set and we are totally stuck,” Joshua said in a statement released by Matchroom Sport.

“I’m putting everything on the line and it’s time to defend my crown. We are two Olympic gold medalists who fought to the top and never avoided challenges.”

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