Britain’s Anthony Joshua will defend his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on September 25, according to Joshua’s promoter.
31-year-old Joshua will risk his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against the Ukrainian, who is his mandatory challenger.
Recall that Joshua was set to fight compatriot Tyson Fury in an unification bout in Saudi Arabia in August but the contest was scuppered when a United States arbitrator ruled World Boxing Council champion Fury must defend his title against Deontay Wilder.
Joshua called Fury “a fraud” after their proposed meeting on 14 August in Saudi Arabia was called off.
Fury will face American Deontay Wilder, who he defeated to become a two-time world heavyweight champion in his most recent bout in February 2020, for a third time in Las Vegas on 24 July.
Joshua said: “We are two Olympic gold medallists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges.
“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.”
34-yearold Usyk has not fought for a title as a heavyweight but held all four belts a division lower at cruiserweight.
The former undisputed world cruiserweight champion Usyk has 18 wins from 18 bouts.
Joshua was ordered to defend his WBO title after the collapse of his bout with fellow Briton Tyson Fury.
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is over 60,000, although vaccination proof may be required to attend sports events of about 20,000 or more by the end of September.