REVEALED: Timeline for Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk Confirmed

Published 05/21/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


The collapse of the undisputed title bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury has had a massive domino effect on the division. While Fury had an automatic replacement for ‘AJ,’ the Londoner had to find a new opponent for his bout.

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Fortunately for the Englishman, the WBO has ordered him to face the mandatory challenger, Oleksandr Usyk next. Usyk was close to fighting Joe Joyce and was only waiting for the Fury-Joshua bout to go ahead. However, there is good news for fans as we now have a timeline for the bout between Joshua and Usyk.

CARDIFF, WALES – MARCH 31: Anthony Joshua poses with his belts after his WBA, IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight Championship title fight at Joseph Parker Principality Stadium on March 31, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Steve Kim from ESPN was the first to report the news regarding the timeline and the potential venue. He took to his Twitter to confirm that Usyk’s manager, Egis Klimas told him they are targeting August as the potential timeline, while they are discussing Wembley Stadium as the venue for the bout.

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Despite this, there is no information yet on the date of the bout. Previous reports suggested August 21 or August 28 as the potential dates. However, this will be fantastic news for fans who will get to witness a good fight featuring ‘AJ’.

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What can we expect from a potential Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk event?

The reports confirmed negotiations are underway, and the two parties could agree to a deal soon. Moreover, they have limited time to agree to a bout, and thus, we can expect an announcement soon. So what can we expect from the event in August?

The fight itself promises to be a blockbuster. Many have claimed Usyk will be the one to dethrone Anthony Joshua, and the Ukrainian has lashed out at the unified champion on multiple occasions in the past. Therefore, there will be some drama leading up to the bout.

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In addition, both are extremely talented and have unique styles. Styles make fights in boxing, and the contrast between Usyk’s technical boxing and Joshua’s power approach will make it very interesting.

Furthermore, fans will be in attendance at the event, which will only add to the excitement. England has removed their restrictions, and Wembley Stadium recently welcomed back 20,000 fans for a soccer game. Therefore, there could be a higher number in attendance come August.

What do you make of this news? Do you think Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk will live up to the hype?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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