Joshua will defend his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles against the undefeated Usyk on September 25.
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Joshua was set to take on the Gypsy King in Saudi Arabia in August but the Gypsy King must now face Deontay Wilder after an arbitration hearing ruled he had a right to a third fight.
Ruiz had not fought since losing to Anthony Joshua in December of 2019. The Mexican-American returned after 17 months, and dropping 55 pounds, against unheralded American opponent Arreola, 40, and registered a hard-fought win. The judges’ scorecards read 117-110, 118-109 and 118-109.
Negotiations for one of “the biggest fights of all time”, Joshua and Fury’s undisputed heavyweight title clash, are ongoing with both sides optimistic of a resolution.
“The Bronze Bomber” has not fought since losing his WBC heavyweight title to Tyson Fury last February, but has dominated headlines in recent weeks with a series of bizarre statements – notably in an ongoing row with former trainer Mark Breland and excuses for his defeat to “The Gypsy King”.
The two titanic Brits are hoping to battle it out in the ring this year and unify the heavyweight division.
A shoulder injury denied Pulev the opportunity just 10 days out from their meeting in Cardiff in 2017, and he said he has spent the past three years plotting how to derail the heavyweight champion.
The British star beat the Ukrainian with an 11th round knockout at Wembley in 2017 – but admitted he could have been “xarried out on a stretcher”.
The touchpaper between the pair was lit again on Monday when the WBC belt holder responded to an interview Londoner Joshua did with the Mail on Sunday.
The 31-year-old is an Olympic gold medallist and 23-1 in his professional career, which has seen him claim all but one of the heavyweight world titles on offer.
Joshua lost his world titles in devastating fashion to Andy Ruiz Jr but regained his position months later.
After winning back his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles in his last fight against Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr, all the talks was about him facing either Tyson Fury on Deontay Wilder next.
The Germany-based Syrian hopes to finally defend the WBA belt he won in November 2017 against Ruiz Jr, who is yet to name an opponent after Anthony Joshua ended his world title reign with a points defeat in their December rematch.
The former world heavyweight champion, who turned 54 last month, says he is currently working out at 15.7st (220lbs), less than Anthony Joshua weighed when he defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in December last year.
The unbeaten heavyweight had been scheduled to face Anthony Joshua last June, but he failed a series of VADA tests last year and as a result his place was taken by Andy Ruiz Jr.
Last year, Ruiz shared an invitation to enter qualifying for Mexico’s Olympic boxing team and admitted it would be a “great honour” to represent his country.
Andy Ruiz Jr has selected Canelo Alvarez’s coach Eddy Reynoso to be his trainer moving forward.
British boxing’s governing body told promoters on Thursday it hopes to be able to have shows back from July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Jarrell Miller has taken a swipe at Eddie Hearn, blasting the promoter for not “playing by the rules” as well as painting him as a “scapegoat” following his doping violation.
Andy Ruiz Jr is set for a summer return to the ring and will face either Adam Kownacki or Chris Arreola, according to reports.