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Joshua to fight Usyk September 25

Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence against Oleksandr Usyk has been set for 25 September, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua, 31, will risk his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against the Ukrainian, who is his mandatory challenger.

It will be the first heavyweight title challenge for Usyk, who held all four belts a division lower at cruiserweight.

Hearn revealed the date on Instagram after having touted London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as a venue.

The fight arrives after months of negotiations failed to deliver a bout between Joshua and WBC world champion Tyson Fury for all four significant titles at heavyweight.

Both sides of the Joshua-Fury negotiations have since sought to blame the other but the hope remains that the two Britons could fight if they come through their next bouts.

Fury, 32, will face American Deontay Wilder, 35 for a third time in Las Vegas on 24 July.

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