Eddie Hearn reveals Anthony Joshua will sign a deal THIS WEEK to fight Oleksandr Usyk after the collapse of his massive showdown with Tyson Fury… heavyweight title defense at Tottenham stadium in September
- Anthony Joshua’s long-awaited showdown against Tyson Fury collapsed
- Fury faces Deontay Wilder for the third time and Joshua moves on
- He will face mandatory WBO challenger Oleksandr Usyk . in September
- Eddie Hearn says fight against Ukrainian will be signed this week
Anthony Joshua will sign this week to fight WBO challenger Oleksandr Usyk, and the fight is likely to take place at Tottenham’s stadium in September.
Eddie Hearn has shed light on the details of the British heavyweight’s next move after being forced to shelve plans for a mass unification with Tyson Fury.
AJ’s promoter said: DAZN“I can tell you this week that this is a more confident base than the Joshua-Fury negotiations, because I know Alex Krassyuk (Usyk’s promoter) very well, and I know Usyk very well.
Anthony Joshua will face WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usykk . next
Usyk, seen here beating Derek Chisora, is a dangerous opponent, Eddie Hearn admits. please
That battle will be signed this week. We’re looking at September in London. Just finishing up the details. It’s a great fight, a dangerous fight, it’s not the fight we necessarily wanted or expected.’
The venue that will play host is the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, according to according air sports. It is hoped that the 62,000-seat hall will be able to welcome a full house by the autumn.
Hearn continued: ‘It’s a high-level heavyweight fight. It’s a unified heavyweight champion against the undisputed cruiserweight champion, and we’re moving on with that fight – it’s a big event.”
Fury has been told by an arbitrator that he will have to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time, under a stipulation in their previous contract.
Eddie Hearn revealed the heavyweight showdown could take place in London
AJ last fought against Kubrat Pulev in December 2020, beating the Bulgarian in London
After months of building to what many fans had hoped would be a unification between Fury and Joshua, both sides have been blamed for the deal not going through.
Fury has insisted he will return to fight AJ once he gets the job done against Wilder again.
When asked about the delay in AJ accepting the Usyk fight after it became clear Fury was off the table, Hearn said, “Give AJ the credit. I always beat the drum that this young man is ready to fight against anyone.
“It was more like I couldn’t breathe anywhere. It was terrible timing from the WBO, but they were just doing their job.”
The former Olympic champion defeated Kubrat Pulev last December and has been frustrated on the sidelines ever since, hoping a deal can be struck with Fury.
Usyk has yet to taste defeat as a professional, but Joshua would be a huge step forward in quality
Tyson Fury (left) has been told to fight Deontay Wilder (right) for the third time
He will now have to put that disappointment behind him and focus on Usyk, who will enter the fight as a considerably smaller fighter, but possess undeniable technical quality.
As a professional, Usyk remains undefeated in 18 fights but is relatively inexperienced in the heavyweight division. He beat Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora in heavyweight, but Joshua will be a huge step up in quality.
If Joshua defeats Usyk and sends Fury Wilder again, the path to the clash between the British stars should theoretically be unobstructed.