Unified Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua has moved on with from the Tyson Fury Saga and will be facing Oleksandr Usyk with the location possibly heading to Tottenham on the 25th of September.
Usky has been the mandatory fighter to the WBO belt held by the Ones beaten1 Joshua (24-1, 22KOs), since moving up from the Cruiserweight division. Joshua was initially close to finalise an undisputed championship fight with WBC ruler Tyson Fury but things went sour and he gladly accepts the Usyk challenge with open arms.
MatchRoom Boss Eddie Hearn made clear the fight will take place on the 25th of September but withheld a lot of information as some still need finalisation. However, he promised the announcement will come in the near future.
“I don’t want to say two weeks because you guys are bored of me saying that,” Hearn said during a recent Instagram Live session. “But (an announcement is coming) soon. September 25 is the date.”
His reluctance to give a date for the official announcement is due to the fact that the fight between Joshua and Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs) was believed to too close to happening that, he became so bold in giving a time frame for the official announcement, before the fight got called off.
Joshua, who was initially expected to face Fury on August 14, will now face Usyk, while Fury will have to face former WBC ruler Deontay Wilder a third time as ruler by the Court Of Arbitration. Fury first fought Wilder to a controversial draw in their first meeting. Fury then defeated Wilder in their rematch with a seventh round knockout back in February 22, 2020.
Fury will now face Wilder on the 24th of July on a Pay-Per-View card jointly broadcasted by FoX and ESPN live from the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Usyk, who was willing to wait till after the Joshua – Fury meeting, was preparing for a fight with Prospect Joe Joyce which was to pay time but quickly switched back to the Joshua fight after seeing that everything had fallen apart.
Usyk made six defenses of at least one Cruiserweight title and move up to heavyweight after defending his Undisputed status with a seventh round knockout victory over Tony Bellew at the Manchester Arena in England. Usyk has since won 5wo straight fights as a Heavyweight, which also includes a unanimous decision victory over top heavyweight contender Derek Chisora.