With the dream of a Joshua-Fury megafight all however deserted as a consequence of authorized conflicts, it could seem now that Britain’s WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight titleholder Anthony Joshua will defend towards Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium someday in September, based on at the least two newspaper studies posted within the U.Okay. at the moment.
After Ring Journal champion and WBC titleholder Tyson Fury was hit by a court docket mandate to conform along with his contractual rematch towards Deontay Wilder, the WBO issued a mandate for Joshua to simply accept Usyk’s obligatory problem, and apparently the talks are headed in the appropriate route.
Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk had cleared the trail in the direction of this battle with a remark final week, indicating that “we’re ready for King AJ’s determination whether or not he’s courageous sufficient to get dethroned.”
He and his cost might get their want, because the battle seems to be headed to the guts of Joshua’s kingdom. Each sources identify Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (house of the soccer crew, with a 62,000-seat capability) because the seemingly stage for this battle between Joshua and the unbeaten Usyk (18-0, 13 knockouts), the previous undisputed cruiserweight champion with solely two fights below his belt at heavyweight (a stoppage of Chazz Witherspoon and a call win over Derek Chisora).
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) is coming off a one-sided win over Kubrat Pulev in December 2020. He’s 2-1 in his final three outings, having avenged his solely loss to Andy Ruiz in December 2019 in Saudi Arabia after dropping all his belts and his unbeaten report to him in New York again in June of that very same 12 months.
Initially, the Joshua-Fury dream match (doubtlessly one of many richest bouts to be made in boxing at the moment) was headed to Saudi Arabia on August 14th 2021 till it was derailed by Wilder’s authorized maneuver.