The British boxer Anthony Joshua to put on his WBA, IBF and WBO world belts of the heavyweights at stake against Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at Tottenham’s stadium in London, he announced in a statement on Tuesday.
I put everything at stake, it is time to defend my crown, “said Joshua, quoted by the promoter of sports events Matchroom Sport.
The two boxers were Olympic champions in London in 2012, Joshua in the super heavyweight category and Usyk in the heavyweight category.
In the first moment, Joshua was due to face compatriot Tyson Fury in August in Saudi Arabia in a very lucrative unification bout., until a decision by a judge in the United States forced Fury, the WBC world champion of the category, to face the American Deontay Wilder for the third time on contractual grounds.
The first Fury-Wilder match ended in a draw in December 2018. Fury then won by knockout in the 7th round in February 2020. This weekend he was due to face the American for the third time, but the duel was delayed to October 9 in Las Vegas, after Fury tested positive for COVID-19.
In case of winning again, Fury could fight with Anthony Joshua if the british prevails to Usyk. It won’t be easy for Joshua, as the Ukrainian has won all 18 of his professional bouts.
Olympic gold versus Olympic gold, unified heavyweight champion versus undefeated lightweight champion, this match is a must, “said Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
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