ANTHONY JOSHUA’s long-awaited return to the ring has finally been confirmed.
The heavyweight champion of the world had looked to be heading for an epic all-British unification showdown with WBC holder Tyson Fury.
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But after the Gypsy King was ordered to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time, Joshua will now take on 34-year-old Oleksandr Usyk.
The Ukrainian dominated at cruiserweight and has now stepped up into a packed heavyweight division, boasting a perfect record of 18-0 in pro fights.
When is Joshua vs Usyk?
- Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed the date for the fight.
- It will take place on Saturday, September 25.
- The bout will be on British soil, AJ’s second home appearance on the spin after beating Kubrat Pulev in December 2020.
- With the fight being in the UK, expect it to take place around 10.30pm.
Hearn confirmed the news on Instagram Live, saying: “Joshua vs Usyk announcement, don’t want to say two weeks as you guys are bored of me saying that.
“September 25 is the date.”
Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
As yet, no confirmed details have been outlined for TV in the UK.
But it is almost certain to be a pay-per-view event, with Sky Sports Box Office the most likely destination.
Expect a packed undercard full of homegrown talent, with the price of the fight night expected to be around £24.95.
That was how much fans had to shell out to watch Joshua beat Pulev at the SSE Arena last year.
Where will the fight be held?
The fight is set to be held in the UK, with fans hopefully being able to pack out the arena to support AJ in his title defence.
Hearn revealed the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host the epic fight night later this year.
With the bout coming way after Covid-19 restrictions are due to end, it can be assumed that there will be a full house in North London.