The battle between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk is reportedly close to being finalized, with the fight set to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Anthony Joshua will face Oleksandr Usyk in the first major boxing match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.
In September, Anthony Joshua will fight for the WBO world title against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Last June, the WBF, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion was set to christen the ring at the north London arena against Kubrat Pulev, but because to the Covid-19 outbreak, the fight was shifted to Wembley Arena.
However, Sky Sports has revealed that Joshua will fight at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in September to defend his heavyweight championships against Ukrainian Usyk.
Joshua was set to face Tyson Fury in a highly anticipated all-British showdown this year.
The headlining unification bout was set to take place in Saudi Arabia in August, only for Fury’s rematch clause with Deontay Wilder to derail the plan.
In the absence of a bout with Fury, Joshua has been forced to fight Usyk, a mandatory WBO challenger who moved up to heavyweight after defeating Tony Bellew to become the undisputed cruiserweight title in 2018.
“I can tell you that this is a more confident footing than the Joshua-Fury discussions because I know Alex Krassyuk and I know Usyk,” promoter Eddie Hearn told DAZN.
“That fight will be signed this week. In London, we’re looking at September. Just putting the finishing touches on the details.
“It’s a fantastic battle, a deadly fight, but it’s not the one we expected or wanted. However, this is a high-level heavyweight bout.
“It’s a unified heavyweight champion vs. an undisputed cruiserweight champion, and we’re going to continue with that fight – it’s a major event.”
Usyk has won both of his heavyweight fights, stopping Chazz Witherspoon in the seventh round and defeating Derek Chisora on points last October.
Joshua was ringside for the latter, and in December, he knocked out Puvlev in the ninth round.
The fight in September will be the first significant boxing event in Tottenham’s 62,000-seater stadium.
According to the UK Government’s current Covid-19 limitation roadmap, large groups are expected to attend.