Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk – date, start time and undercard

Anthony Joshua will face Oleksandr Usyk in the heavyweight division in September with the unified title on the line between the pair.

The Briton is currently the favourite going into the fight, as he competes in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a capacity crowd expected to see if he can set up and undisputed title fight with domestic rival Tyson Fury next year.

Usyk will make another huge step-up in his second fight in the blue-ribbon division after defeating Derek Chisora last time out, moving up from his time as undisputed world cruiserweight champion.

His technical ability and boxing technique could provide a real test to Joshua, who is well known for his supreme punch power and conditioning which makes for an intriguing match-up on September 25.

Joshua looked set to face Fury after the pair signed a contract for an undisputed title fight this year, but Deontay Wilder enforced a trilogy with the 'Gypsy King' derailing any prospects of the domestic showdown for now.

The fight could be revisited in the near future, with Joe Joyce also now holding mandatory status for Joshua's WBO belt which could see a real tangle in the heavyweight scene.

Here is all you need to know ahead of the huge showdown in September…

When is Joshua v Usyk?

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk takes place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on September 25.

The pair have never met before the clash, with this fight just Usyk's second in the top weight bracket in boxing.

Joshua takes four belts into the fight, after successfully completing another mandatory defence in his previous outing against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in December 2020, who he stopped in devastating fashion in the eighth round.

His Ukrainian opponent Usyk has not fought since October 2020, where he defeated Joshua's British stablemate Chisora in a unanimous decision victory despite coming under heavy pressure from the powerful heavyweight who started the brighter with real artillery early on.

What time will Joshua vs Usyk start in the UK?

The main event ring walks are expected to be at around 10:30 to 11pm in the UK as the fight takes place on home soil on Saturday September 25, with the undercard likely to begin at around 7pm depending on the amount of fights that are scheduled to take place before the feature attraction.

It is currently unknown the details of the undercard for the Matchroom Boxing promoted event, but the ring walk could feature after 11pm depending on the results of the previous bouts.

How to watch via TV and live stream

The event will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK with price point set to be confirmed but likely to be around £19.99.

The event will be broadcast globally live on streaming service DAZN, which is now the home of Matchroom Boxing fight's across the globe.

You can also stream the event from Sky Sports Box Office on a range of devices including laptop and mobile, with coverage also live here on Mirror Fighting.

Joshua vs Usyk fight card

More details will follow as the fight card is announced, with the likes of Lawrence Okolie and Solomon Dacres likely to feature on the card.


Joshua 4/11

Draw 22/1

Usyk 2/1

Quotes corner

Anthony Joshua

“The date is set and we are fully locked in. September 25, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, I put it all on the line again and it’s time to defend my crown.

“We are two Olympic gold medallists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges.

“The stadium is exceptional, the atmosphere will be electric, I’m honoured to be the first person to fight in such an awe-inspiring venue.

“The stage is set and I am ready to handle business.”

Oleksandr Usyk

“The path will be mastered by the walking one.”

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