Anthony Joshua will defend his heavyweight boxing titles against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25, Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, has confirmed.
Joshua, the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight title-holder, was due to have an all-British heavyweight title unification showdown with Tyson Fury, the WBC champion, this summer but a legal ruling in the United States derailed a proposed fight in Saudi Arabia on August 14.
An arbitration hearing upheld a claim from fellow heavyweight boxer, Deontay Wilder, that he was contractually owed a third fight with WBC champion, Fury.
“Joshua v Usyk announcement, don’t want to say two weeks as you guys are bored of me saying that,” Hearn said on Instagram live on Friday.
“September 25 is the date.”
Hearn did not, however, announce the venue for the bout.
Victory for Joshua and Fury in his bout against Wilder on July 24 would fuel more talk of a potential undisputed bout between both Britons.