Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk has finally been confirmed as a 60,000 sell-out
for September 25 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Anthony Joshua will put his IBF, WBA, and WBO championships on the line
against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) dominated and then floored IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat
Pulev to score a ninth-round knockout at The SSE Arena, Wembley last time out in
December in what was his first fight on UK soil since he stopped Alexander Povetkin
in seven explosive rounds at Wembley Stadium back in September 2018.
Now ‘AJ’ returns to the capital for his fifth stadium fight looking to create more
history as he faces his latest WBO Mandatory Challenger at the new state of the art
home of Spurs, following in the footsteps of Frank Bruno MBE who defeated Joe
Bugner in Matchroom Boxing’s first heavyweight promotion at the old White Hart
Lane in October 1987.
Ukrainian pound-for-pound star Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) made the move to the
heavyweight division after dominating at cruiserweight, ending his extraordinary
spell at 200lbs as the undisputed king with a run of victories in his opponent’s
backyard against Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev, and Tony Bellew.
The 2012 Olympic Gold medallist began his assault on the heavyweight division by
retiring Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago in
October 2019 and continued his bid to become a two-weight world champion when
he outpointed Derek Chisora over 12 rounds at the SSE last October.
“The date is set and we are fully locked in,” said Joshua. “September 25, Tottenham
Hotspur Stadium, I put it all on the line again and it’s time to defend my crown. We
are two Olympic Gold medalists who have fought our way to the top and never
“The venue is exceptional, the atmosphere will be electric, I’m honored to be the
first person to fight in such an awe-inspiring venue. The stage is set and I am ready to
Usyk said: “The path will be mastered by the walking one.”
Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Sport Chairman, said: “Olympic Gold vs. Olympic Gold,
unified world heavyweight champion vs. undisputed cruiserweight world champion:
this one has it all and I can’t wait to stage this huge event in front of over 60,000 at
the stunning Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.”
Alexander Krassyuk, General Director of K2 Promotions, said: “This is a huge fight
between two gentlemen of the sport. Wow! The two London 2012 Olympic
Champions are set to collide for the heavyweight crowns. Let the best man win,
and we will see you again for the rematch!”