The next step for the crowning of the undisputed heavyweight title at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday will be held when Anthony Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against the undisputed former The heavyweight king Oleksandr Usek.
Joshua originally planned to face WBC champion Tyson Fury to unify all four recognized heavyweight champions, but Fury was forced to defend his belt in a trilogy battle with Deontay Wilder. Joshua did not get any easy opponents in exchange, and he was forced to face the mandatory challenger Usek in a dangerous duel between two of the best fighters in the sport.
Departing from London on Saturday night, the undercard was filled out quite well. The joint main event saw the WBO heavyweight champion defending, with champion Lawrence Okoli playing against Dylan Prasovic. Okolie is a Londoner who has not tasted defeat in 16 games of his career. He has scored 13 knockout rounds along the way and possesses great strength, as evidenced by his defeat of Krzysztof Głowacki in March. At the same time, Prasovic has also remained unbeaten in 12 knockouts in 15 games, but the Montenegrin native has not faced a match of the same level so far.
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In addition, when former WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith (Callum Smith) played against Lenin Castillo in a feature game, he returned to the game. Smith has not participated in the competition since he decided to lose to Canelo Alvarez and lost the title in December 2020. Prior to this, Smith had won the WBA 168-pound championship in three games, beating George Groves, Hassan Ndum N’Jikam and John Ryder. At the same time, Castillo has won four of the past six games, and only two losses were won in higher-level games.
Operation Undercard starts at 1:00 PM ET, and the main event loop walk is expected to take place around 5:10 PM ET. Fans can purchase the event through traditional PPV through local cable TV providers. It will also be broadcast live for any active DAZN subscribers via the website or app. The remaining battle cards and viewing information are listed below.
- date: September 25 | Place: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium-London, England
- Starting time: 1 p.m. Eastern time (main event is scheduled to be around 5:10 p.m. Eastern time)
- television: Traditional PPV is only $34.99 (see local list)
- How to watch/stream: DAZN (Subscribe now)
Joshua vs. Usyk battle card, odds
- Anthony Joshua (c) -270 vs. Oleksandr Usyk +220, WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion
- Lawrence Okolie (c) -2200 vs. Dilan Prasovic +1100, WBO heavyweight champion
- Callum Smith -4000 vs. Lenin Castillo +1500, light heavyweight
- Florian Maku-700 vs. Maxim Prodin +500, welterweight
- Christopher Ousley -110 vs. Khasan Baysangurov -110, middleweight
- Campbell Hatton -3000 vs. Sonni Martinez +1300, lightweight
- Daniel Lapin -4500 vs. Pawel Martyniuk +1600, light heavyweight
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