Joshua’s WBA, WBO and IBF world titles are on the line in one of the toughest tests of his career when he faces the Ukrainian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening.
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Joshua, who defends his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, has been promoted by Hearn since turning professional eight years ago.
Earlier this week, Fury laid the blame squarely at Joshua’s feet, insisting that the current world heavyweight did not want to risk losing his belts.
Joshua will defend his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles against the undefeated Usyk on September 25.
The Briton will defend his IBF, WBO and WBA (Super) heavyweight titles against the undefeated Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 25 September.
Despite the pair having an ongoing war of words over the last few years, Fury and Joshua have never managed to step into the ring together to unify the heavyweight division.
Fury defends his WBC belt against Wilder on October 9, which could finally set up an undisputed world title showdown against Joshua.
The rival heavyweight champions were close to confirming an undisputed fight this summer, only for Deontay Wilder to successfully win his arbitration case which forced Fury into a third meeting with him.
The pair will square off on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Joshua’s unified heavyweight title.
Fury and Joshua are both in training camp for upcoming fights with the former facing American foe Wilder in a trilogy on October 9, while the latter is taking on Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.
The IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion is due to face Oleksandr Usyk in north London next month and victory would open the door for a fiercely-anticipated showdown with Fury.
Earlier this year, Joshua had been expected to face Fury in a fight that was widely considered the biggest in British boxing history.
Joshua suffered a devastating defeat by the American back in 2019, when he was floored four times before eventually being defeated in the seventh round.
Matchroom Fight Pass members will be able to purchase tickets via StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk) from midday on Monday August 2.
WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua had appeared set for a unification showdown with fellow Briton Fury, the WBC title-holder, before a United States arbitrator in May ordered the latter to have a third bout against Deontay Wilder.
Joshua had seemed on course for a blockbuster all-British showdown against Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia in August but the bout was scuppered when a United States arbitrator ordered the WBC champion to take on Deontay Wilder again.
According to the promoter, the contract for the fight has a rematch clause.
Joshua is set to face undefeated Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at Tottenham Stadium, London.
WBC heavyweight champion Fury had signed a contract in May to fight American Wilder, 35, for a third time on July 24 but tested positive for Covid-19.
Yet ‘The Gypsy King’ maintains it will not be a traditional MMA bout, instead offering Ngannou the chance to box him inside the Octagon whilst wearing four ounce gloves.