ANTHONY JOSHUA will fight Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at Tottenham’s stadium – with Spurs away at Arsenal.
With the North London derby heading to the Emirates, it opened up the chance for AJ to face mandatory challenger Usyk across the road.
Eddie Hearn pictured with Anthony Joshua[/caption]
Spurs will host Anthony Joshua’s fight with Oleksandr Usyk[/caption]
Promoter Eddie Hearn told iFL TV: “The date is September 18th or 25th, most likely 25th at Spurs.”
Hearn has been going back and forth with Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk with contracts being exchanged.
But Hearn has no fear the fight will be announced soon, as he faces a wait to find what capacity of fans that can attend Spurs’ 62,000-seater.
He said: “We’ve also got a lot to wait to finalise in terms of the crowd and what we’re allowed at Spurs on that date.
“And that’s why we’re probably not rushing it as I couldn’t really tell you at this stage to say, ‘Yes, we can go on sale tomorrow and let’s sell 80,000 tickets’.
“Because, that will evolve other the next couple of weeks. So there’s been nothing that’s happened that makes me say, ‘Ooo, well don’t think it’s going happen’.
“But September 25th is quite a long time away, so I guess we’re not up to a deadline where we’re trying to close it tonight.
“The team went to see Spurs the other day and the fixtures are out now and they’re away on the 25th, so that’s a date that could work.”
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Joshua, 31, was ordered by the WBO to fight Usyk, 34, after his undisputed title decider with Tyson Fury, 32, collapsed.
The British superstars had agreed a unification on August 14, as Fury tried to walk away from his contracted rematch with Deontay Wilder.
But Wilder, 35, was awarded the right to a third fight with Fury, set for July 24 in Las Vegas.
Oleksandr Usyk is Anthony Joshua’s mandatory challenger[/caption]
Tyson Fury fights Deontay Wilder on July 24[/caption] Link