Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk date: UK start time, ring walks, full undercard, live stream and how to watch heavyweight title fight – winner could face Tyson Fury next year

Anthony Joshua will face Oleksandr Usyk next weekend in a huge heavyweight title clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

AJ was expected to meet Tyson Fury to unite the heavyweight titles this summer but the Gypsy King was ordered to pull out and take on Deontay Wilder in their trilogy clash instead.

Anthony Joshua is expected to face Oleksandr Usyk in September
AJ will be fighting Usyk in front of over 60,000 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Joshua has had to find a new opponent and is now preparing to take on dangerous WBO mandatory challenger Usyk.

‘The Cat’ is unbeaten in his 18 professional bouts to date and saw off Derek Chisora last October.

The Ukrainan will pose a hugely tough test for Joshua who must win to keep his hopes of claiming all the heavyweight belts alive.

Here’s everything you need know about the blockbuster fight…

Joshua v Usyk: Date and time

This 12-round heavyweight title fight will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, September 25.

Joshua was set to face Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham’s new ground last June but that fight had to be switched to the Wembley Arena in December due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that the main event ring walks will be earlier than normal and are set for 10pm.

The clash will be for Joshua’s WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles.

It will be shown on Sky Sports Box Office. Their pay-per-view coverage will start from 6pm and will cost £24.95.

AJ KOd Kubrat Pulev last time out
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Usyk ‘will be the best boxer Joshua will ever face in his career’
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Joshua v Usyk: Undercard

Lawrence Okolie will defend his WBO cruiserweight title against mandatory challenger Dilan Prasovic on the undercard to Joshua v Usyk.

Also on the show, former WBA super-middleweight champion Callum Smith will make his light-heavyweight debut against Lenin Castillo.

The Brit was dethroned of his belt by Canelo Alvarez in December and so has now moved up in weight to try and become a two-division champion.

Ricky Hatton’s son Campbell Hatton will have his fourth pro fight against Izan Dura in a super-featherweight clash on the card.

Florian Marku vs Maxim Prodan at welterweight and Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov at middleweight will feature as well.

Subject to change

  • MAIN EVENT: Anthony Joshua (c) vs Oleksandr Usyk – For WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles
  • Lawrence Okolie v Dilan Prasovic – for WBO cruiserweight title
  • Callum Smith v Lenin Castillo
  • Campbell Hatton v Izan Dura
  • Florian Marku vs Maxim Prodan
  • Christopher Ousley v Khasan Baysangurov
Lawrence Okolie will be in action on the undercard to Joshua v Usyk

Joshua v Usyk: What has been said?

Asked if Usyk will be his trickiest ever opponent, Joshua told Sky Sports: “100 per cent, he will be. Movement means you are never stationery to get hit. Movement is important.

“Concentration – when you want to [punch], you lock in, then make a move. You have to make sure your brain works.

“That can be mentally fatiguing so I am sharpening the mind so that I can concentrate for the 12 rounds.

“Also I practice having the ability to [punch] four times, not just once. Concentrate, take your time, pin him down.

“It’s a fight for the brain. Knowing what you’ve got in front of you and knowing how to deal with it.

“You can either be aggressive, corner [him], throw everything at it. Or take your time, be clever, then knock [him] out.

Joshua v Usyk: The Tale of the Tape

On his training and fitness, Joshua added: “I do look at my weight but I’m not trying to make weight because I’m a heavyweight.

“I tailor my training. I am getting a lot of experience, I’ve been fighting good fighters for a long time, I’ve studied them and learned about their training camps.

“I’ve learned how to condition my body for specific fights. I’m looking trim for this fight.

“I’m fighting a guy who is a 12-round fighter. So it would be silly of me to go in there bulky with my muscles screaming for oxygen.

“I’ve been training like a 15-round fighter in this camp. I will be well-conditioned to fight. That is key.

“What happens when I train that way? My body adapts and takes its natural form. This is the form it has taken.”

Joshua and Usyk are set to face off in a huge pay-per-view heavyweight title clash
The winner of Joshua v Usyk could face Tyson Fury next year

Joshua v Usyk: Who is ‘The Cat’?

Many believe Usyk could well trouble Joshua and take his titles, ending hopes of a unification about against Fury.

Nicknamed ‘The Cat’, the 34-year-old from Shypyntsi, Ukraine, has claimed 18 straight wins as a professional so far.

Tony Bellew, who lost to Usyk in 2018, has insisted that Joshua will NEVER face a better boxer in his career than his next opponent.

“This will be the best boxer Anthony Joshua will ever face in his career,” the Liverpudlian told talkSPORT.

“When it comes to natural, pure boxing, Oleksandr Usyk is the most natural boxer Anthony Joshua will ever face.

“He is unbelievable at what he does. Taking that into consideration, he is not a true heavyweight.

“Everyone keeps going on, yes he is a cruiserweight, but he is the greatest cruiserweight who has ever put on gloves.

“So he does come with an amazing skillset, but I just think weight divisions exist in boxing for a reason.

“Come rounds seven, eight and nine, he is going to find out why he is not a true heavyweight. I think Anthony Joshua’s speed, power and perseverance will be what catches up with Oleksandr Usyk.

“I wish he would stop fighting my friends because I want to support him! I’m a huge admirer of him and I have so much respect for the boy, but he just keeps fighting my friends so I can’t support him.”