• September 17, 2021

Exclusive: Lawrence Okolie to defend world title, Callum Smith makes light-heavyweight debut after Canelo Alvarez defeat and Campbell Hatton in action

 Exclusive: Lawrence Okolie to defend world title, Callum Smith makes light-heavyweight debut after Canelo Alvarez defeat and Campbell Hatton in action


The Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard has been confirmed ahead of their fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium later this month.

Britain’s unified heavyweight champion will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against the Ukrainian mandatory challenger, but first comes the supporting cast.

Joshua vs Usyk is set for September 25

Joshua vs Usyk is set for September 25

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk Undercard

Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic (WBO Cruiserweight Title)

Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo (Light-Heavyweight)

Campbell Hatton vs Izan Dura (Super-Featherweight)

Florian Marku vs Maxim Prodan (Welterweight)

Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov (Middleweight)

Just before the main event, Lawrence Okolie will defend his WBO cruiserweight title against mandatory challenger Dilan Prasovic.

The unbeaten Brit, who is managed by AJ’s 258 MGT, won by spectacular KO against Krzysztof Glowacki when he claimed the belt back in March and must now fight to keep it.

Also on the show, former WBA super-middleweight champion Callum Smith will make his light-heavyweight debut against Lenin Castillo.

The Brit was dethroned of his belt by Canelo Alvarez in December and so has now moved up in weight to try and become a two-division champion.

Ricky Hatton’s son Campbell Hatton will have his fourth pro fight against Izan Dura in a super-featherweight clash on the card.

Florian Marku vs Maxim Prodan at welterweight and Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov at middleweight will feature as well.

“The date is set and we are fully locked in,” said Joshua.

“September 25, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, I put it all on the line again and it’s time to defend my crown.

Canelo battered Smith over 12 rounds in December

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Canelo battered Smith over 12 rounds in December

“We are two Olympic gold medallists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges. 

“The stadium is exceptional, the atmosphere will be electric, I’m honoured to be the first person to fight in such an awe inspiring venue.

“The stage is set and I am ready to handle business.”

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