We already had a working location for Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2, and now we’ve got two working dates. Oleksandr Krasyuk, Usyk’s promoter, claims that his team has “been told to prepare” for an August 20th date, while Eddie Hearn tells the DAZN Boxing Show that the 13th is also a possibility.
The bout was initially slated for July 23rd in Jeddah, South Arabia, but seeing as we’re less than seven weeks out and they haven’t even officially announced it yet, I can’t say this news comes as a surprise.
Both men will be entering the ring with some unfamiliar baggage. Usyk (19-0, 13 KO) will be fighting for the first time since a brief tour of duty in his native Ukraine, which reportedly saw him lose over 20 pounds, while Joshua (24-2, 22 KO) will be making his first appearance under new trainer Robert Garcia.
Olympic gold medallist Joshua was ordered by the WBO to fight Usyk, 34, after his undisputed title decider with Tyson Fury, 32, collapsed.
And despite supporters left disappointed that the match-up never materialised, fans have acted fast to get their hands on seeing AJ face the former cruiserweight king next month.
Matchroom have announced that tickets have been sold out within a day as 60,000 fans prepare to flock to England's capital.
It is the seventh venue that Joshua has sold out after the UK's Wembley Stadium, Principality Stadium, 02 Arena and Manchester Arena.
He even sold out Madison Square Garden for his trip to America, although lost his title against Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019.
The Watford native then fought in front of a sold out capacity at Saudi Arabia's Diriyah Arena when he outpointed Ruiz to become a two-time world champion.
Joshua hasn't been in action since knocking out Bulgarian veteran Kubrat Pulev in December.
But he is looking in incredible shape for his dust-up against fellow Olympic champ Usyk.
The Joshua vs Usyk fight is one of the biggest sporting events in the UK this year. And fans do not wish to miss out on a single bit of this fight. Both the heavyweights have kicked off their training camps for this battle. And are eager to entertain their fans surrounding the world.
Can Anthony Joshua treat the UK fans with a win over Oleksandr Usyk? The 24-1 Joshua ranks among the biggest boxers of this decade. He holds a magnetic persona and fights fans are crazy to see him take up the ring space.
Anthony Joshua laughs during the press conference for Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua 2 'Clash on the Dunes' at the Hilton Syon Park on September 06, 2019 in London, England. Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will have a Heavyweight World Title rematch fight on December 7th 2019 in the historical town of Diriyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. That said, fans all over the world and predominantly the UK will be waiting to see how Joshua fares in a highly important fight of his life.
'AJ' will unquestionably look forward to treating his fans with a win, thus lifting their spirits in these tough times. It’ll be interesting to see how the Brit presents himself in a 12-round war against Usyk.
Anthony Joshua's planned world heavyweight title fight against Oleksandr Usyk is set to be staged at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Sky Sports News understands. Britain's WBA, IBF and WBO champion has been holding talks about a fight against WBO mandatory challenger Usyk and the 62,000 seated venue has been picked as the preferred venue for the bout, which is expected to be scheduled in September.
Despite the disappointment of Fury vs Joshua being postponed, Usyk vs Joshua still looks to be an entertaining spectacle as the pair have only suffered one defeat between them.
What is good for boxing fans to see is that this fight will hopefully be the warm-up for Joshua before he faces Fury.
According to The Athletic, contracts between the two fighters are being finalised for the bout to take place on Saturday 25th September 2021.
Usyk, however, is definitely not a boxer to be taken lightly, as the Ukrainian has made history in the past when he became the fourth male boxer in history to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles.
This and the fact that he is undefeated means that it is hard to pick a winner, despite the bookmakers seeing Joshua as the favourite for now.
The heavyweight division is full of some talented boxers at the moment and this is just one of many big fights to happen in 2021. If Usyk did surprise the majority, he could come away with all of Anthony Joshua’s belts that he currently holds.
With Fury currently holding the WBC title, there is a lot on the line between Joshua and Usyk and in their next couple of fights, we will probably know who the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world is.
Hopefully, the fight keeps up to its expectations as a lot of people, especially those from Britain, will be keen to see Joshua back inside the ring in front of a full crowd again.