Joshua vs Usyk fight date, time and everything you need to know

British boxer Anthony Joshua will face Ukrainian challenger Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night (September 25).

The 31-year-old has only lost once in his 25 match professional career, losing to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019, in what was considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

Usyk will be aiming to achieve something similar at the weekend, but it is Joshua that is tipped to retain his WBA (Super), IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.

Joshua is continuing his quest to unify all of the major belts, something that has not been achieved since the introduction of a fourth major world title belt. Lennox Lewis was the last person to hold all the major available heavyweight belts, but only three major titles were then up for grabs.

Tyson Fury is the current holder of the WBC belt.

A win for Joshua against Usyk will put him on track to challenge Fury and complete the unification.

Who is Oleksandr Usyk?

The Ukrainian, 34, has never lost a professional fight.

He was born in Crimea, Ukraine in 1987. Usyk now lives with his wife Yekaterina and their three children.

Before turning professional in 2013, Usyk had an extensive amateur boxing career with an overall fight record of 335-15.

The boxer known as 'The Cat', due to his agile and technically excellent style, clinched a gold medal in the heavyweight class at the London Olympics in 2012. This was the same year Joshua won his gold medal in the super-heavyweight category.

Since this feat, his professional career saw him hold the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO title at the cruiserweight level, beating the likes of Tony Bellew, but has since vacated these title in order to pursue the heavyweight class, considered the biggest prize of world boxing.

His one professional fight in the class so far pitted him against another Brit in the shape of Derek Chisora in October 2020, which was won by a unanimous decision. It was this fight that made him the prime challenger to Joshua.

Where and when can I watch the fight?

The fight will start after the ring walks at around 10pm on Saturday 25 September.

For those not quite fortunate enough to have a golden ticket to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London, Sky Sports will have be covering the bout.

Sky Sports Box Office and the Sky Sports app are charging £24.95 to watch the proceedings, so a trip to the pub or making an event of it with your mates might be the way to go.

If you can't face stumping up the cash, or are out and about that evening, then you can also listen live on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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