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Joshua vs Usyk: fight time, undercard, prediction, betting odds

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AJ returns to the ring this weekend for the first time since December, when he managed to retain the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts he claimed from Andy Ruiz Jr with a patient ninth round stoppage from the challenger. Mandatory IBF Kubrat Pulev in front of a limited crowd of 1,000 fans at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

Now more than 60,000 spectators will be in North London for the first boxing match at Spurs’ £ 1billion plush house, with Joshua facing his mandatory WBO after a pair of blockbusters, showdowns lucrative all-British unifications with Tyson Fury have been put on the back burner. after an arbitration hearing ruled that the WBC champion must face Deontay Wilder for the third time, with this trilogy fight taking place in Las Vegas on October 9.

Joshua will work to avoid slippage here to hold onto his titles and stay on track for that gigantic double title from Fury, with undefeated southpaw Usyk a very skillful, delicate and accomplished opponent as his compatriot gold medalist of London 2012 expects to provide its biggest challenge since yet another Ukrainian, Wladimir Klitschko, in this unforgettable 11-round classic four years ago.

Usyk, 34, is a former undisputed heavyweight world champion who switched to heavyweight after stopping Tony Bellew in 2018, stopping late replacement opponent Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds in October 2019 before edging out Derek Chisora In his only other heavyweight clash in London last fall.

On Saturday’s undercard, Hackney’s Lawrence Okolie makes the first WBO cruiserweight title defense he won against Krzysztof Glowacki in March as he takes on mandatory challenger Dilan Prasovic.

Ricky Hatton’s son Campbell is in his fourth pro competition against Sonni Martinez of Uruguay and former super middleweight champion Callum Smith – beaten by Canelo Alvarez in December – begins his light heavyweight campaign against Lenin Castillo.

Joshua vs Usyk Fight Card / undercard in full

Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk

Lawrence Okolie vs. Dilan Prasovic

Campbell Hatton vs. Sonni Martinez

Callum Smith vs. Lenin Castillo

Maxim Prodan vs. Florian Marku

Christopher Ousley vs. Khasan Baysangurov

Daniel Lapin vs. Pawel Martyniuk

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Joshua vs Usyk date, start time, location and ring walks

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk takes place on Saturday 25 September 2021 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London.

More than 60,000 fans are expected in the N17 for one of the biggest sporting events to take place in the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ring rides for the main event are expected around 10 p.m. BST, although, as always, the exact time will depend on the length of those undercard fights.

How to watch Joshua vs. Usyk

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