International Boxing Federation, IBF, World Boxing Association, WBA, and World Boxing Organization, WBO, heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua’s manager, Eddie Hearn has confirmed that the fight between his ward Oleksandt Usyk, will take place on September 25.
Hearn, who did not reveal the venue of the fight, noted in an Instagram post that the works ate on to ensure that the bout takes place in September.
“Working towards September 18 or September 25. Don’t want to say two weeks because you guys are bored of me saying that. But soon September 25 is the date,” Hearn posted.
Joshua was initially billed to take on Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia but the bout failed to hold following an order by an arbitration court that Tyson Fury must honour his trilogy agreement with Deontay Wilder. Following the development, the WBO ordered Joshua to step into the ring against former undisputed cruiserweight champion Aleksandr Usyk as a proposed all-British heavyweight battle with Tyson Fury fell through.
Meanwhile, Joshua vowed, this week, that a showdown with Fury is still on the cards.
“Unfortunately, his (Fury’s) team let the whole boxing world down. I will still be here, still ready to put on a show.
The Fury fight can happen at the end of the year. Let me get past Usyk first. But with or without Usyk in my life, I will fight Fury. Usyk isn’t the be-all and end-all. Usyk doesn’t determine the Fury fight. The Fury fight has to happen. It’s a big fight, bigger than boxing, bigger than the belts. It will happen. After the Usyk fight after, I will defend my belts. The fight will be bigger, better than what it would have been,” Joshua said.