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    Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk Set for Sept. 25

    Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    The unified champion was hoping to fight for the final belt in an undisputed clash with WBC champ Tyson Fury this summer, but plans collapsed last month.

    Following Deontay Wilder’s arbitration victory, the ‘Gypsy King’ instead will now face him again on October 9.

    As a result, the WBO ordered AJ to defend against his overdue mandatory Usyk.

    The parties agreed terms and this bout has now been made official.

    Usyk previously won all of the belts at cruiserweight as undisputed champion.

    Since moving up to heavyweight, he became automatic mandatory and has recorded wins over Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora to prepare him for a title shot.

    “The date is set and we are fully locked in,” said Joshua.

    “September 25, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, I put it all on the line again and it’s time to defend my crown.

    “We are two Olympic Gold medallists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges.

    “The stadium is exceptional, the atmosphere will be electric, I’m honoured to be the first person to fight in such an awe inspiring venue.

    “The stage is set and I am ready to handle business.”

    Usyk simply said: “The path will be mastered by the walking one.”

    Eddie Hearn said: “Olympic Gold vs. Olympic Gold, unified world heavyweight champion vs undisputed world cruiserweight champion.

    “This one has it all and I can’t wait to stage this huge event in front of over 60,000 at the stunning Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.”

    Meanwhile, another Brit, Joe Joyce is fighting against Carlos Takam on Saturday and has designs on being world champion himself one day.

    As AJ vs Usyk was announced, promoter Frank Warren posted a picture of Joyce in an Arsenal shirt outside the Emirates.

    “When they’re done with Spurs, The Juggernaut would like to invite Anthony Joshua or Alexander Usyk to his patch,” he tweeted.

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