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Joshua to defend heavyweight titles against Usyk on September 25

Heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua, will defend his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO world titles against former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

It will be Joshua’s second defence of his titles since reclaiming them from Andy Ruiz in December 2019.

Usyk (18-0) moved up to heavyweight in 2019, scoring a seventh-round stoppage win over Chazz Witherspoon in his first fight at the weight, before claiming an impressive decision over veteran Dereck Chisora in October.

The blockbuster bout will see two London Olympic gold medallists square off, after Joshua won the super heavyweight division, and Usyk reigned supreme at heavyweight.

“We are two Olympic gold medallists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges,” Joshua (24-1) said.

“The venue 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.”

Joshua made the first defence of his second heavyweight reign with a one-sided ninth-round stoppage of Kubrat Pulev in London in December.

The 31-year-old had seemed destined to meet WBC titleholder Tyson Fury later this year before boxing politics intervened and Fury was forced into a third bout with Deontay Wilder scheduled for October 9.

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