Anthony Joshua is set to face Oleksandr Usyk next after his undisputed fight with Tyson Fury was put on hold.
Joshua was expected to meet 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.
AJ has now had to find a new opponent and is preparing to take on dangerous WBO mandatory challenger Usyk later this year.
‘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 what we know about the intriguing bout so far…
Joshua v Usyk: Date and time
An official date has not been set yet but the two heavyweights are expected to go at it in September.
Eddie Hearn has told talkSPORT that the fight will take place at Wembley or at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on either September 15 or 22.
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.
If London is to be the host city of this clash, UK fans can expect the main event to get under way at around 10:30pm.
Full confirmed details on the fight are expected to be made before the end of the month.
Joshua v Usyk: Undercard
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Joshua v Usyk: What has been said?
Eddie Hearn said: “I trust Alexander Krassyuk [Usyk’s promoter] a lot more than I do Bob Arum [laughs]. There’s no ulterior motive here.
“Usyk wants to fight AJ, AJ wants to fight Usyk. He knows he wants to preserve his belts and to do that he has to beat Usyk.
“So September 18, September 25, Spurs or Wembley.
“The world’s going back to normal and we need to return to normality as well and we want to see a full-up Spurs or Wembley for AJ vs Usyk.
“It’s a tremendous fight and it deserves it.”
Joshua v Usyk: Tale of the tape
Anthony Joshua – Oleksandr Usyk
Nationality: British – Ukrainan
Age: 31 – 34
Height: 6ft 6 – 6ft 3
Stance: Orthodox – Southpaw
Reach: 82in – 78in
Record: 24-1-0 – 18-0-0
KOs: 22 – 13
Rounds: 112 – 144
Debut: 10/5/2013 – 9/11/2013