Subsequent up: Lawrence Okolie will defend his WBO cruiserweight title in opposition to Dilan Prasovic of Montenegro.
Okolie – who hails from Hackney in east London and is nicknamed ‘The Sauce’ – knocked out Krzysztof Glowacki of Poland in March to win the title.
After that, it’s the primary occasion, Joshua v Usyk, though precisely what time the battle will begin is anybody’s guess.
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Campbell Hatton, Ricky’s son, has simply taken a factors resolution in a six-round tremendous featherweight battle in opposition to Izan Dura, and appeared very lucky to get the nod from the judges.
Earlier on, Lenin Castillo suffered a horrible knockout by Callum Smith at gentle heavyweight. Eddie Hearn, the promoter, tweeted that Castillo is ‘responsive and on his strategy to hospital’.
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Donald McRae experiences that Joshua weighed in for tonight’s battle at 240lb – the second lightest he’s been since 2014. Usyk registered 221lb on the scales for one of the eagerly-awaited bouts in years:
Might this show to be one of the demanding fights of Anthony Joshua’s profession? Many individuals appear to suppose so, even when the percentages seem to considerably favour the British fighter, with the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk having stepped as much as the heavyweight division from his pure residence at cruiserweight.
There has definitely been no scarcity of pre-fight hype, and the almost 70,000 followers who will pack into Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and pay-per-view watchers world wide are thus hoping for loads of bang for his or her buck. Usyk is very regarded to say the least – he unified the cruiserweight champion with 4 totally different belts earlier than vacating his titles to maneuver as much as heavyweight. He stopped Tony Bellew at cruiserweight in 2018 earlier than outlasting and out-pointing heavyweight Derek Chisora at Wembley in October final yr. “I’m coming for you, Anthony,” Usyk declared after beating Chisora, a hit which noticed him turn out to be the necessary WBO challenger for Joshua’s title. And right here he’s.
As the larger man and the extra completed fighter at heavyweight, Joshua will anticipate to prevail, but when the 34-year-old southpaw Usyk can keep within the contest and take it deep into the later rounds, the good cash might be on a factors resolution in favour of this harmful challenger. Joshua could also be in search of the finisher good and early, so it might properly be spectacular proper from the beginning. Pre-fight studying and extra coming proper up.