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Anthony Joshua Vs Oleksandr Usyk Date & Venue Has Been Announced

Anthony Joshua Vs Oleksandr Usyk Date & Venue Has Been Announced

Joshua will return to action in 2021.

Daniel Marland

Daniel Marland

Anthony Joshua is set to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.

Sky Sports have revealed Joshua is in talks with Usyk about a mandatory title defence later this year and the 62,000-seater arena has been picked.

'AJ' was initially going to fight Kubrat Pulev there last June, but the coronavirus pandemic saw it postponed.

The duo then fought at Wembley in December, with Joshua coming out on top.

Joshua's proposed unification clash with Tyson Fury fell through last month and he has been ordered to make a defence against Usyk.

Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports last week: "We are waiting for King AJ's decision whether he is brave enough to get dethroned.

"There are no visible obstacles to the deal not to take place."

Many believed 2021 would finally be the year Joshua and Fury squared off in British boxing's biggest-ever fight.

But Fury is now set for a trilogy fight with longtime foe Deontay Wilder in July.

Joshua was furious with the situation as was Tyson's own father, John.

"I was told arbitration was not a problem," John told BT Sport in an astonishing interview. "All of a sudden, it is a problem."

"This arbitration could've been squashed in December, but they didn't squash it. I can rattle on all day. The public knows they're not fools. Garbage.

"Both men can get beat. AJ can get beat, and so can Tyson.

"...Everybody seems to be doing what Bob Arum says. He's probably got his intentions right, but it's all about money and what they can do.

"All of this benefits the Americans because they never wanted the Saudi fight, did they? Tyson wanted it, I wanted it, and everybody in the world wanted it."

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Topics: Anthony Joshua, Boxing