Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk to battle for heavyweight titles on Sept. 25 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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For the first time ever, two Olympic gold medal-winning boxers will face off in the professional ranks. 

Anthony Joshua, the current unified heavyweight titleholder and 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medalist, will face Oleksandr Usyk, the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist, on Sept. 25. And it's taking place on a grand stage: London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which can hold 60,000 people. 

Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) will be defending his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs), who is the mandatory WBO challenger. 

Joshua honored to fight at Tottenham

Usyk has been fighting at heavyweight since 2019, and this will be his third bout at that weight. He moved up to heavyweight after he unified all four world title belts at cruiserweight. After Usyk's unanimous win over Derek Chisora in October, Joshua has no choice but to go through Usyk to keep the WBO title. 

As for Joshua, he's been on a bit of a journey over the past few years. He held three heavyweight titles from 2016 until June 2019, which is when he was shockingly upset by Andy Ruiz Jr. He lost all his titles to Ruiz after a seventh-round TKO, but won them back in their rematch six months later. He's had one bout since then, a ninth-round win over Kubrat Pulev.

Joshua seems pretty hyped for the fight. Via ESPN:

"We are two Olympic gold medalists who have fought our way to the top and never avoided challenges. The stadium is exceptional, the atmosphere will be electric, I'm honored to be the first person to fight in such an awe inspiring venue. The stage is set and I am ready to handle business."

Usyk was a little — or a lot — more brief. 

"The path will be mastered by the walking one," he told ESPN.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Anthony Joshua reacts to victory over Kubrat Pulev during the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Heayweight Title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev at The SSE Arena, Wembley on December 12, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans (1000) are welcomed back to sporting venues to watch elite sport across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Andrew Couldridge - Pool/Getty Images)
Anthony Joshua will defend his heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk on Sept. 25. (Photo by Andrew Couldridge - Pool/Getty Images)

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