The biggest weekend for boxing in September is just a few days away. This Saturday Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London will host the heavyweight
The biggest weekend for boxing in September is just a few days away. This Saturday Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London will host the heavyweight showdown between World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Oleksandr Usyk.
The fight will also put into play the IBF, IBO and WBO championships, all held by Joshua, who has a rather interesting challenge in his own home.
The 31-year-old Brit will make the second defense of his crown since winning the title in December 2019. Joshua previously had a three-defender reign for two years but lost his belts when he fell by knockout against Andy Ruiz in June 2019. At the end of that year he regained his belts and retained them in December 2020 against Kubrat Pulev.
Now he will have a very different challenge in the Ukrainian Usyk, London 2012 Olympic champion and former undisputed monarch of the cruiserweight. The heavyweight division was shocked when Usyk announced that he would move up to the top flight. The arrival of such a quality fighter would add a lot of interest to a division that was already quite interesting.
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The 34-year-old southpaw has made two fights in the category and now has earned the opportunity to challenge the world champion in a match that looks very close on paper.
London will dress up during the week and different activities will take place as part of promoting the fight. Joshua has 24 fights won, 1 loss and 22 knockouts, while Usyk is undefeated in 18 fights, 13 of them defined by the dream route.