LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua will defend his heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 in London, promoter Eddie Hearn announced on Friday.
Joshua, holder of the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles, was to have an all-British showdown with Tyson Fury this summer but a legal ruling in the United States wrecked a proposed unification fight in Saudi Arabia on August 14.
An arbitration hearing upheld a claim from fellow heavyweight Deontay Wilder that he was contractually owed a third fight with World Boxing Confederation (WBC) champion Fury. They will meet again on July 24 in Las Vegas.
Usyk is a former cruiserweight world champion from Ukraine who stepped up to heavyweight in 2019. He has an 18-0 (13 knockouts) record. He hasn’t fought since October 2020.