Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua continues his quest to become undisputed heavyweight champion by putting his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles on the line against former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on September 25.
Joshua expected to have his long-awaited showdown with WBC champion Tyson Fury to determine an undisputed champion. However, an arbitrator ruled in favor of Deontay Wilder to get his third fight with Fury before Joshua could. Instead of waiting to see the outcome, Joshua decided to step into the ring with a dangerous opponent in the form of WBO No. 1 contender Usyk.
The undefeated Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) is a highly decorated champion that captured Olympic gold in 2012, turned pro a year later and became the fourth male boxer in history to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF titles. He's currently ranked on multiple pound-for-pound lists. After becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion in 2018, Usyk made the jump to heavyweight and has victories over Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora.
But Usyk's next heavyweight fight will certainly be his toughest against a fellow 2012 Olympic gold medalist who happens to be one of the best heavyweights in the world.
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) is coming off of a devastating knockout of Kubrat Pulev last December and will hold a significant height, reach and power advantage over Usyk. Recognized as one of the best finishers in boxing, Joshua will aim to add another name to his impressive resume as he awaits his opportunity to hold all four heavyweight belts.
Here's what you need to know about Joshua vs. Usyk, including the start time, price and updated betting odds.
When is Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk?
- Date: Sept. 25
- Start time: 1 p.m. ET
- Joshua vs. Usyk: 5 p.m. ET (approximate)
- Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
Anthony Joshua returns to the squared circle on Sept. 25, live from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England. It is fighters' first bout in the stadium.
Joshua last fought in December and scored a ninth-round knockout against Kubrat Pulev while Usyk is returning to the ring for the first time since last October when he defeated Derek Chisora by unanimous decision.
The broadcast start time of the card is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, with Joshua and Usyk expected to make their ring walks about 5 p.m. ET, although the exact time depends on the length of the earlier bouts.
Joshua vs. Usyk live stream: How to watch the fight
For those in the United States and Canada, Joshua's fight will be held live on DAZN on Sept. 25.
DAZN is a streaming service that is available on mobile devices, TV streaming devices and many smart TVs, along with web browsers.
How much does Joshua vs. Usyk cost?
The fight can be streamed on DAZN, which has a subscription price of $19.99 per month or $99.99 for the year. (In Canada, a monthly subscription is $20 CAD and an annual subscription is $150 CAD.) The Joshua vs. Usyk fight is included in the subscription with no additional cost. DAZN's viewing package includes live fights, on demand content and future bouts.
Where is Anthony Joshua's fight?
Joshua fights for the first time as a professional at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England.
Matchroom Boxing and Tottenham Hotspur F.C. announced that they will donate 200 tickets for the Joshua-Usyk fight to NHS workers.
All of Joshua's fights have taken place in the UK outside of his fights with Andy Ruiz: the first fight took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, while the follow-up bout took place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Joshua vs. Usyk betting odds
According to FanDuel, Joshua is the favorite at -280, which means it will take a wager of $280 to see a profit of $100. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion currently sits as a +205 underdog, despite being undefeated. But with only two heavyweight fights in his career, oddsmakers see Usyk as a nearly two-to-one underdog. A $100 wager on Usyk would return a $205 profit.
Anthony Joshua career record, bio
- Nationality: English
- Height: 6-6
- Reach: 82"
- Record: 24-1, 22 KOs
Oleksandr Usyk career record, bio
- Nationality: Ukrainian
- Height: 6-3
- Reach: 78"
- Record: 18-0, 13 KOs
Joshua vs. Usyk card
- Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk - WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight Titles
- Lawrence Okolie vs. Dilan Prasovic - WBO World Cruiserweight Title
- Campbell Hatton vs. Sonni Martinez
- Callum Smith vs. Lenin Castillo
- Maxim Prodan vs. Florian Marku - IBF International Welterweight Title
- Christopher Ousley vs. Khasan Baysangurov - WBA Intercontinental Title.
WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Lawrence Okolie (16-0, 13 KOs) puts his World Title on the line for the first time against his Mandatory Challenger Dilan Prasovic (15-0, 12 KOs) following his crushing sixth round stoppage of Krzysztof Glowacki at The SSE Arena, Wembley back in March. By winning a World Title in just his sixteenth fight, the unbeaten 28-year-old from Hackney nicknamed ‘The Sauce’ emulated fellow Brits Tony Bellew, David Haye, Enzo Maccarinelli, Johnny Nelson and Carl Thompson who all previously held world crowns in the 200lb class.
Montenegro’s Prasovic, a former WBO Cruiserweight Youth World Champion, sits at No.1 in the world with the governing body having won all fifteen of his fights since turning professional in October 2014, with twelve of those wins coming by way of knockout.
Former WBA Super-Middleweight World Champion Callum Smith (27-1, 19 KOs) makes his highly anticipated ring return up at Light-Heavyweight against the Dominican Republic’ Lenin Castillo (21-3-1, 16 KOs) after his points loss to Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez out in Texas last December.
Manchester Lightweight prospect Campbell Hatton (3-0) continues his education in the professional ranks when he takes on Sonni Martinez.
‘The Albanian King’ Florian Marku (8-0-1, 6 KOs) looks to build on his impressive stoppage win over Rylan Charlton on the Joshua vs. Pulev undercard last December as he challenges Milan’s Maxim Prodan (19-0-1, 15 KOs) for the IBF International Welterweight Title and unbeaten Chicago Middleweight Christopher Ousley (12-0, 9 KOs) meets Russia’s Khasan Baysangurov (21-1, 11 KOs) for the WBA Intercontinental Title.