Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk Take Awkward Selfie Before Their Fight

Published 09/25/2021, 10:07 AM EDT


Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk apparently don’t have any bad blood between them. The former Olympic gold medalists will cross paths on September 25 for the unified heavyweight titles. They have reflected nothing but professionalism until now. That said, they even took a selfie together before locking horns at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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A heavyweight title fight of this massive caliber often witnesses intense trash-talking from both the contenders. However, Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk haven’t done the same. Following an intense-face off, both men greeted each other backstage and clicked a hilarious selfie.

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Usyk weighed in at 221 lbs, which is the highest he has ever been for a fight. Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua stood at a solid 240. Hence, all the pre-fight work is over and only the in-ring battle will clear the doubts now.

Fresh from a KO-win against Kubrat Pulev, Anthony Joshua’s upcoming title defense is a ticket to earning a shot at the four-belt unification fight, possibly against the winner of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3. Thus, Oleksandr Usyk has a massive chance of shattering the fantasy-heavyweight plans.

Following two successful fights in the division, the undefeated former cruiserweight titlist, Usyk, has received his world title shot.

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Given how far he has come and the lucrative reward of an undisputed fight, Joshua cannot afford to lose the title against the former cruiserweight star.

Here’s how to watch the fight live.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk- Heavyweight slugfest

Matchroom Promotions and Alexander Krassyuk have jointly promoted the event, which will be available live on DAZN (USA) and Sky Sports (UK). The PPV price is $34.99. That said, the card looks pretty brilliant with 2 title fights. Here’s a look at the whole event.

Anthony Joshua (c) vs. Oleksandr Usyk, WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight championship

Lawrence Okolie (c) vs. Dilan Prasovic, WBO cruiserweight championship

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Callum Smith vs. Lenin Castillo, light heavyweight

Florian Marku vs. Maxim Prodan, welterweight

Christopher Ousley vs. Khasan Baysangurov, middleweight

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Campbell Hatton vs. Izan Dura, lightweight

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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