Anthony Joshua’s next fight is set to be staged at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in September.
His WBO defence against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk is yet to be finalised, but it is expected that the deal will be done after Joshua’s undisputed world title fight against Tyson Fury fell through.
If the bout was to go ahead it is hoped that the 62,000 seated venue will be at full capacity, with crowds starting to return to football grounds and other sporting venues across the country and the Government looking to lift all restrictions on 21 June. However, increasingly concerns around the Delta variant may push this date back.
Joshua, who also holds the WBA and IBF belts, was due to face Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last summer, but the fight was postponed until December and switched to Wembley Arena due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
31-year-old Joshua has 24 wins from 25 fights (22 of them by knockout) with one loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. on his record. The Ukrainian Usyk has 18 wins from 18 fights and is was the first cruiserweight in history to hold all four major world championships before moving up to the heavyweight divsion.
Two NFL games are also set to be held in October. A return of live events to the stadium will bring welcome revenue into the club after various postponements in 2020 and 2021, including Guns ‘N’ Roses who have been delayed twice and now will not appear until next year.