Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk will square off in September after Eddie Hearn confirmed the heavyweight contest would go ahead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Anthony Joshua will take on Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.
The British heavyweight will take on Usyk, who is new to the division, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It will be the Ukrainian’s first world title fight at heavyweight level having previously unified the cruiserweight class.
Matchroom chief Hearn announced the date and venue on Instagram, saying: “Joshua vs Usyk announcement, don’t want to say two week as you guys are bored of me saying that.
“September 25 is the date.”
Joshua was looking to face domestic rival Tyson Fury but talks over a unification fight broke down.
The Gypsy King was ordered to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time after the American pushed for his right to a rematch.
The pair will now square off in Las Vegas next month.
Joshua took aim at Fury after their fight was put on hold, tweeting: “@Tyson_Fury the world now sees you for the fraud you are. You’ve let boxing down!
“You lied to the fans and led them on. Used my name for clout not a fight.
“Bring me any championship fighter who can handle their business correctly.”
Usyk now has the chance to prove he can cut it at the heavyweight level having already seen off Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora.
Doubts though still exist over his ability to make the step up and Dillian Whyte believes he won’t make the grade.
“It’s a dead fight. Usyk hasn’t looked good. Who has he fought at heavyweight? Chazz Witherspoon, Derek Chisora,” he told Sky Sports previously.
“He looked terrible in the fights. He has no punch power. Okay, he’s got good movement, but it’s not nice movement. At cruiserweight his movement was nice, but at heavyweight, his movement is not nice. It’s just so negative.
“The Derek Chisora fight, I watched the first six rounds and when Derek tired, I was like, this is rubbish. Derek was out on his feet and he couldn’t even stop him.
“He was punching him clean and Derek was walking through. There are only a few fighters special enough to replicate what they did [at cruiserweight]. David Haye is a good fighter.
“He didn’t replicate what he did at cruiserweight at heavyweight. Enzo Maccarinelli was the same.”
“Evander Holyfield stands out. Evander Holyfield did it. Dwight Muhammad Qawi and those guys, moved up and did well at heavyweight, but Usyk hasn’t got the style.
“Now he is 105 kilos [231-pounds], he is going to struggle to carry that weight around the ring, and he isn’t one ounce stronger.”