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Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk's heavyweight showdown has finally been confirmed for September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
After missing out on an eagerly-demanded undisputed battle with Tyson Fury earlier this summer, Joshua has been forced to turn his attention to WBO mandatory challenger Usyk, a former undisputed champion himself down at cruiserweight.
The Ukrainian, who has won all 18 of his professional contests, is universally recognised as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, meaning he will pose a major threat to AJ's hopes of finally meeting Fury in 2022.
Yet while he is fully aware of the size of this challenge, Joshua remains confident of coming through it in style.
“I’ve been training, ticking over and working on things, and now we’ve got a date set," he told Sky Sports.
“Unbelievable stadium. I don’t take these things lightly. The acoustics, when the fans are in here, is electrifying. That runs through my body.
“I rate all my opponents. He’s good. It’s all about the final bell, that will prove whose the best.
“Don’t get me wrong, the most important fight for me is my next fight.
“It was annoying not fighting in August ‘cos I was going to fight in December, but that’s been put back now.
“Will I fight Wilder, will I fight Fury… who knows what will happen?”
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