Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk is hardly a week away. The heavyweight bout with several titles on the line (for Joshua) will be taking place at the home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the 25th of September. AJ will be putting his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles on the line, when he takes on the technically gifted Ukrainian.
Joshua is coming off a knockout win over Kubrat Pulev in December 2020. He knocked the Bulgarian out in the 9th round, to set up a clash against Tyson Fury, which was expected to be his next fight. Then a trilogy fight between Fury and Deontay Wilder was planned, which led to AJ vs Usyk.
Usyk, on the other hand, is coming off a unanimous decision win against Derek Chisora in October 2020. Having dominated the Cruiserweight Division, Usyk is two fights old in the heavyweight division. He is undefeated in 18 fights, with a record of 18 wins and 0 losses.
What’s on Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk fight card?
Anthony Joshua (c) vs Kubrat Pulev (WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles)
Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic (WBO Cruiserweight Title)
Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo (Light-Heavyweight)
Campbell Hatton vs Izan Dura (Super-Featherweight)
Florian Marku vs Maxim Prodan (Welterweight)
Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov (Middleweight)
The undercard will begin at 7 pm GMT on the 25th of September (Saturday). According to Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, the main event – Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk is expected to begin at 10 pm (ring walk). There are a total of five fights on the undercard.
In the United States, the fight is expected to begin at 1 pm ET, with the main event probably between 4-5 pm ET.
Where to watch?
Sky Sports Box Office will be the official broadcasters of the mega-fight in the United Kingdom. The Pay-per-view will cost 24.99 Euros.
In the United States and Canada, DAZN have official broadcasting rights. The monthly subscription for DAZN costs $19.99, with the yearly one costing $99.99.
This might probably be Anthony Joshua’s toughest test. Not because Usyk is powerful, but because he is one of the most technical heavyweight boxers out there. There are fears among AJ fans that Usyk might raid all of his titles and foil the all-British super-clash with Tyson Fury.
However, Joshua has got dynamite in his hands. On his day, (which has been the case, except for the Andy Ruiz Jr. fight) he is just unstoppable, and one can count on a knockout win for the Watford-based man. And Usyk is nowhere as big as AJ. So, Joshua might end up getting a late knockout win.
Prediction: Anthony Joshua def. Oleksandr Usyk via. KO (Round 11)