Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk
Media Day - Behind The Scenes!
(September 23rd) The fighters go through various media obligations in the build-up to Saturday night. Oleksandr Usyk is in fine form as ever as Florian Marku ups the ante with his bout against Maxim Prodan. Lawrence Okolie goes for a pre-fight trim at Slider Cuts plus much more!
Joshua vs. Usyk tops a huge night of action, 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), 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’s Lenin Castillo (21-3-1, 16 KOs), Manchester Lightweight prospect Campbell Hatton (3-0) continues his education in the professional ranks when he takes on Spain’s Izan Dura (3-7), ‘The Albanian King’ Florian Marku (8-0-1, 6 KOs) looks to build on his impressive stoppage win over Rylan Charlton 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.
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Fight Week, Day 2: Joshua vs Usyk
Media Workout & Contract Signing!
(September 22nd) A landmark day for Matchroom Boxing with Anthony Joshua signing a career long promotional agreement. Watch as AJ and Eddie Hearn put pen to paper on the deal. We also had the Media Workout in the evening where the fighters went through their paces in the build-up to Saturday night including Oleksandr Usyk who shows his juggling skills plus more!
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk
Plus Undercard Media Workout!
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Joshua vs Usyk - Arrivals - Behind The Scenes!
(September 21st) Oleksandr Usyk arrives in London for Saturday’s huge World Title clash against Anthony Joshua! We also speak to Lawrence Okolie and Chris Ousley who fight on the card. We’ll be bringing you all snippets in the build-up each morning at 10am (BST).
Prepares For Anthony Joshua World Title Fight!
(September 18th) Oleksandr Usyk prepares to challenge for Anthony Joshua's World Heavyweight Titles. The unbeaten southpaw grants rare access to his remote training camp to talk the huge fight, his motivation, growing up and much more!
Matchroom and Tottenham Hotspur
Donate 200 Joshua vs Usyk Tickets To the NHS!
(September 17th) Matchroom Boxing and Tottenham Hotspur F.C. are proud to announce that they will be donating 200 tickets for Anthony Joshua's blockbuster Heavyweight World Title defence against pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday September 25 to the NHS via Blue Light Tickets.
Blue Light Tickets provides the blue light community with the chance to get free tickets from venues, sports teams, attractions, festivals and concerts to say thank you for their tireless dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blue Light Tickets is a completely free service for NHS employees and those working within the emergency services; allowing them to easily enter into ballots for tickets to events across the UK.
To enter Blue Light Ticket’s live ballot for Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk tickets please (click here).
Tottenham Hotspur has worked closely with the NHS throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with the stadium hosting North Middlesex University Hospital’s women’s outpatient services and drive-through testing last year.
More than 9,000 local people have received a COVID vaccination at the stadium this year, thanks to a series of pop-up clinics run in partnership with the NHS North Central London CCG. The stadium also hosted teams from North Middlesex and the Whittington Hospital for a staff football match that took place on the hallowed turf in May.
Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn said: "I'm looking forward to welcoming another 200 NHS workers to our incredible night of boxing at the breathtaking Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next week. It's set to be a memorable occasion for everyone in attendance as 'AJ' puts his Heavyweight crowns on the line against former Undisputed Cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk. Blue Light Tickets is a brilliant scheme that rightly rewards our brilliant and selfless NHS workers and those working in the emergency services."
Daniel Levy, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “We are proud to share a fantastic and long-standing relationship with our local NHS services, as we have seen throughout the pandemic, and are delighted to be working with Matchroom to provide hard-working staff with this special opportunity.”
Joshua vs Usyk Undercard Confirmed!
(August 25th) Details of the supporting cast to Anthony Joshua’s huge IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Title showdown with Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday September 25 have been confirmed.
The Heavyweight division’s biggest attraction puts his Unified crown on the line once more against former Undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion and pound-for-pound star Usyk Live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and Ireland and on DAZN in over 170 countries and territories worldwide.
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 Spain’s Izan Dura (3-7) hot on the back of his comfortable points win over Jakub Laskowski on the first week of Matchroom Fight Camp.
‘The Albanian King’ Florian Marku (8-0-1, 6 KOs) looks to build on his impressive stoppage win over Rylan Charlton on the Avanesyan vs. Kelly undercard in February 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.
Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development for Sky Sports, said: "Joshua vs. Usyk will be an unmissable evening of action, with Lawence Okolie, Callum Smith and Campbell Hatton all featuring on a bumper bill at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
"We've followed Lawrence Okolie's career since the start and he'll be determined to light up north London with an explosive defence of his WBO Cruiserweight belt.
"Callum Smith is on a collision course with new World Title rivals, having joined the Light-Heavyweight division, and Campbell Hatton continues his journey up the pro ranks with the help of Matthew and Ricky Hatton.
"AJ and Usyk then take centre stage as two Olympic gold medallists collide in the capital, in a hugely important World Heavyweight Title clash!"
Joseph Markowski, DAZN EVP, said: “This is an action-packed card that will thrill boxing fans around the world. Callum Smith, Lawrence Okolie and Campbell Hatton are household names in their own right and are going to raise the roof at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before the remarkable main event – featuring two great fighters whose difference in styles, personalities, and journeys will make for the perfect storm. It’s set to be an incredible night of boxing on DAZN across 170+ countries and territories.”
DAZN Secures Rights To Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk In Over 170 Countries and Territories Worldwide!
(August 18th) DAZN, the leading global sports streaming platform, has secured exclusive rights to the highly-anticipated Heavyweight showdown on Saturday, September 25 between reigning champion Anthony Joshua and former Cruiserweight World Champion Oleksandr Usyk in more than 170 countries and territories worldwide – including all of North America, South America, and Oceania as well as much of Europe, Asia, and Africa. A full list of markets where fans can watch the blockbuster event on DAZN can be found just (click here).
Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World Joshua will put his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Titles on the line against pound-for-pound star Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
“We’re thrilled to continue our strong relationship with Matchroom, Anthony Joshua and his team at 258MGT as the global home of boxing,” said Ed Breeze, EVP of Rights, DAZN. “This fight will be an all-out Heavyweight battle between two of the best in the division, live from a remarkable stadium in front a full house of avid fans. The countdown is on, and we cannot wait to bring this epic clash to our subscribers around the world.”
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) last dominated Kubrat Pulev to score a brutal ninth-round knockout at The SSE Arena, Wembley in December in what was his first fight on UK soil since he stopped Alexander Povetkin in seven explosive rounds at Wembley Stadium back in September 2018. Joshua is the local Heavyweight hero famed for his unrivalled athleticism, explosive power, and versatility. In his path is the dangerous Ukrainian Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs), who successfully made the move to the Heavyweight division after dominating at Cruiserweight, ending his extraordinary spell at 200lbs as the Undisputed king with a phenomenal run of victories. Usyk operates behind a mysterious and unpredictable persona but is the real deal with a boxing IQ that’s one of the best in the fight game.
Both fighters are incredible specimens on their own paths to greatness with two exceptional arsenals of weaponry. It’s an unforeseen series of events and circumstance that has brought these great fighters together but their difference in styles, personalities and journeys will make for the perfect storm on September 25.
An announcement on the undercard will be made in due course.
Joshua Visits Tottenham Stadium
Ahead of September 25th Usyk Clash!
(August 4th) (7-20) 'AJ' defends Heavyweight crowns Live on Sky Sports Box Office
Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World Anthony Joshua OBE toured around the sensational, state of the art home of Tottenham Hotspur on Monday July 19 2021 ahead of the official fight announcement with Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) puts his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Titles on the line against Ukrainian pound-for-pound star Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday September 25, live on Sports Box Office in the UK and Ireland.
During his tour 'AJ' took in the breath-taking views of London on the high-rise 'Dare Skywalk', walking the roof and visiting the iconic Golden Cockerel before making his way down to take his first steps on the pitch where he met former player and club legend Ledley King.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is not only the largest football club stadium in London, it is a multi-purpose venue, capable of hosting a range of events, 365 days a year - helping pump circa £300m into the local economy each year. The stadium will host two back-to-back NFL London Games in October this year, with rugby and concerts scheduled for 2022, alongside Tottenham Hotspur football matches.
Joshua Meets Usyk, September 25th!
(August 4th) (7-20) 'AJ' puts World Titles on the line against former Undisputed Cruiserweight king Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World Anthony Joshua OBE will put his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Titles on the line against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday September 25, Live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and Ireland.
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) dominated and then floored IBF Mandatory Challenger Kubrat Pulev to score a brutal ninth-round knockout at The SSE Arena, Wembley last time out in December in what was his first fight on UK soil since he stopped Alexander Povetkin in seven explosive rounds at Wembley Stadium back in September 2018.
The Heavyweight division’s biggest attraction has sold-out stadiums and arenas around the world and now ‘AJ’ returns to the Capital for his fifth stadium fight looking to create more history as he faces his latest WBO Mandatory Challenger at the new state of the art home of Spurs, following in the footsteps of Frank Bruno MBE who defeated Joe Bugner in Matchroom Boxing’s first Heavyweight promotion at the old White Hart Lane in October 1987.
Ukrainian pound-for-pound star Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) made the move to the Heavyweight division after dominating at Cruiserweight, ending his extraordinary spell at 200lbs as the Undisputed king with a phenomenal run of victories in his opponent’s backyard against Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev and Tony Bellew.
The 2012 Olympic Gold medallist, Usyk, began his assault on the Heavyweight division by retiring Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago in October 2019 and continued his bid to become a two-weight World Champion when he outpointed Derek Chisora over 12 rounds at The SSE Arena, Wembley last October.
“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 said: "The path will be mastered by the walking one."
Eddie Hearn, Chairman, Matchroom Sport, said: “Olympic Gold vs. Olympic Gold, Unified World Heavyweight Champion vs. Undisputed Cruiserweight World 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."
Freddie Cunningham, Managing Director, 258MGT, said: “AJ once again shows why he is the number one in the division by defending his belts against the toughest opposition in the rankings. Another UK boxing stadium event and another world's first by staging the fight at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium make this one of the biggest UK sporting events of the year.”
Alexander Krassyuk, General Director, K2 Promotions, said: "This is a huge fight between two gentlemen of the sport. Wow! The two London 2012 Olympic Champions are set to collide for the Heavyweight crowns. Let the best man win, and we will see you again for the rematch!"
Daniel Levy, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “This is a huge occasion for Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Anthony Joshua is an icon in the world of sport and to have him fight here in London N17, against a top opponent in Oleksandr Usyk, will be amazing for the area of Tottenham. This event will once again showcase the stadium’s ability to take the hosting of world-class sporting occasions to the next level – we cannot wait for September 25.”
Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development, Sky Sports, said: “Anthony Joshua is back, live on Sky Sports Box Office, in an epic evening of World Heavyweight Title action on September 25. We’ve followed Anthony Joshua’s enthralling journey since the very start - and now Ukraine’s pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk stands in the way of 'AJ’s' ultimate ambition of becoming an Undisputed World Champion.
“The unbeaten Usyk is returning to the city where he struck gold at the same Olympic Games as 'AJ' and we know him well from that dramatic win over Tony Bellew and a breathless battle with Derek Chisora. I couldn’t be more delighted after working for two years to secure a spectacular Heavyweight showdown at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a stunning backdrop for fight fans as Joshua vs. Usyk lights up London.”
An announcement on tickets will be made in due course.