Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua faces former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday (DAZN, 1 p.m. ET, major tournament at Five p.m. ET).
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs), 31, of Watford, England, ranked No. 2 in ESPN’s heavyweight scores, owns the WBA, WBO and IBF international titles. His most up-to-date combat used to be a ninth-round TKO victory over Kubrat Pulev in December at Wembley Stadium in London.
Usyk (18-Zero, 13 KOs), 34, of Shypyntsi, Ukraine, unified all 4 primary cruiserweight international titles by way of defeating Murat Gassiev within the International Boxing Tremendous Sequence ultimate in July 2018. After protecting the belts towards Tony Bellew 4 months later, Usyk moved as much as heavyweight in 2019, the place he has victories over Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora.
If Joshua wins, he will flip his consideration to the winner of the combat between WBC champ Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, who meet in Las Vegas on Oct. Nine for the 0.33 time. If Usyk pulls the disenchanted, Joshua has mentioned he will face Usyk once more in a rematch.
Additionally at the card, Lawrence Okolie defends his WBO cruiserweight identify towards Dilan Prasovic, and previous tremendous middleweight champion Callum Smith is going up in weight to stand Lenin Castillo in a 10-round mild heavyweight combat.
Nick Parkinson recaps the entire motion from ringside:
Subsequent combat: Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk, 12 rounds, for Joshua’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles
Lawrence Okolie def. Dilan Prasovic by way of third-round KO to retain his WBO cruiserweight identify
Battle recap bobbing up …
Hatton will get pleasant resolution towards a recreation Martinez
Campbell Hatton chalked up his fourth skilled win by means of a six-round issues resolution (58-57) over Sonny Martinez in a light-weight contest, but it surely used to be a detailed combat with worried moments for the English prospect.
Hatton (Four-Zero, Zero KOs), 20, from Manchester, is the son of former two-division international champion Ricky Hatton, who used to pack venues on each side of the Atlantic.
The stadium used to be nonetheless filling up when Hatton climbed in the course of the ropes as one of the most early fights at the invoice. Hatton may just no longer produce a knockout end to delight the group, and every now and then they had been left involved by way of the period of time Hatton used to be stuck by way of Martinez’s uppercuts.
Martinez (2-Five, Zero KOs), 29, from Uruguay however founded in Spain, were given via with some punches past due within the first around after which made it tough for Hatton to land blank blows. Hatton landed a excellent proper hand to the chin towards the tip of the 0.33 around however Martinez used to be ready to land extra pictures within the fourth.
Hatton to start with had good fortune with some proper palms within the 5th, however past due within the around he used to be once more stuck by way of a chain of punches from Martinez together with two proper uppercuts. Hatton were given drawn in to a messy tear-up within the ultimate around, and once more took too many punches. Even if he leaves Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a victory, the combat did under no circumstances pass as deliberate.
“I am not pleased with that efficiency in any respect, however on with the following,” Hatton mentioned after.
Smith ratings KO of the 12 months candidate towards Castillo
Former WBC tremendous middleweight international champion Callum Smith made a profitable go back with a devastating second-round knockout of Lenin Castillo.
After shedding his identify to Canelo Alvarez by way of unanimous resolution in December 2020, Smith stepped up a department in a bid to develop into a two-weight international champion.
Smith made fairly a commentary, laying out Castillo flat on his again from a proper hand. Castillo’s legs had been left twitching by way of the appropriate punch and he required scientific remedy for a number of mins prior to being performed of the hoop on a stretcher.
Smith (28-1, 20 KOs), 31, from Liverpool, who made two tremendous middleweight identify defenses, is hoping to land a 175-pound identify shot subsequent 12 months.
Castillo (21-Four-1, 16 KOs), 33, from the Dominican Republic, took Dmitry Bivol the gap in a unanimous resolution loss for the WBA mild heavyweight international identify in October 2019 however used to be briefly in hassle towards Smith.
Marku edges Prodan for cut up resolution win
Florian Marku claimed his largest occupation win as he jabbed his solution to a cut up resolution victory over Maxim Prodan in a welterweight contest.
Marku received by way of ratings 97-93, 96-94, with the 0.33 pass judgement on scoring it 99-91 to Prodan. Total, it used to be a disciplined efficiency for Marku in the second one combat at the card.
Ukraine-born, Italy-based Prodan (19-1-1, 15 KOs), 28, used to be gradual to get going, and within the final around Marku felt so assured he would get the verdict, that he used to be elevating in palms in party.
London-based Marku (Nine-Zero-1, 6 KOs), 28, who used to be born in Albania, were given numerous improve from the early arrivals on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and he appeared as even though he had scored a third-round knockdown when Prodan used to be left sitting at the canvas. Thankfully for Prodan, it used to be judged to were a slip.
Marku’s jab allowed him to keep watch over the early rounds, and he gave the impression so comfy that he crossed his legs whilst sitting on his stool in between rounds.
Prodan, who clashed with Marku on the weigh-in on Friday, landed a flurry of blows initially of the 6th and had extra good fortune past due within the around in spite of Marku elevating his palms insisting he used to be no longer harm.
Prodan used to be the busier guy within the later rounds, together with the final around, but it surely used to be best sufficient to persuade one of the most 3 judges. The outcome received Marku a regional welterweight identify.
Ousley outpoints Baysangurov
Christopher Ousley loved a relaxed 10-round majority resolution win over Khasan Baysangurov to edge nearer to international middleweight identify competition.
The Chicago-based boxer completed Spherical Four neatly and got here out swinging with hooks within the 5th around.
Baysangurov (21-2, 11), 24, of Samashki, Russia, remained competitive during, however Ousley’s sensible boxing noticed him pick out off his opponent. Ousley (12-Zero, Nine KOs), 30, noticed his final combat result in a no-contest after he used to be judged to have landed a low blow towards Sergio Acosta Osuna in Might. He sunk to his knees in ecstasy when he heard the ratings of 95-95, 97-94, 97-94 Saturday night time.
Baysangurov used to be crushed for the primary time since Rob Brant stopped him within the 11th around for the WBA middleweight identify in February 2019.