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Unified heavyweight winner Anthony Joshua faces previous undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday (DAZN, 1 p.m. ET, primary event at 5 p.m. ET).
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs), 31, of Watford, England, rated No. 2 in ESPN’s heavyweight rankings, owns the WBA, WBO and IBF globe titles. His most recent struggle was a ninth-round TKO victory over Kubrat Pulev in December at Wembley Stadium in London.
Usyk (18-, 13 KOs), 34, of Shypyntsi, Ukraine, unified all 4 important cruiserweight entire world titles by defeating Murat Gassiev in the Environment Boxing Super Collection last in July 2018. Right after defending the belts in opposition to Tony Bellew 4 months afterwards, Usyk moved up to heavyweight in 2019, where he has victories about Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora.
If Joshua wins, he’ll convert his awareness to the winner of the battle concerning WBC champ Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, who meet in Las Vegas on Oct. 9 for the third time. If Usyk pulls the upset, Joshua has stated he’ll face Usyk again in a rematch.
Also on the card, Lawrence Okolie defends his WBO cruiserweight title against Dilan Prasovic, and former super middleweight winner Callum Smith goes up in bodyweight to confront Lenin Castillo in a 10-spherical light heavyweight battle.
Nick Parkinson recaps all the action from ringside:
Subsequent combat: Campbell Hatton vs. Izan Dura, 6 rounds, lightweights
Callum Smith scores 2nd-round KO of the yr candidate in opposition to Lenin Castillo
Struggle recap coming up …
Marku edges Prodan for break up final decision acquire
Welterweight Florian Marku, remaining, did more than enough to outpoint Maxim Prodan in a break up conclusion gain. Eddie Keogh/Matchroom Boxing
Florian Marku claimed his greatest job get as he jabbed his way to a split-decision victory more than Maxim Prodan in a welterweight contest.
Marku won by scores 97-93, 96-94, with the 3rd choose scoring it 99-91 to Prodan. Overall, it was a disciplined efficiency for Marku in the next fight on the card.
Ukraine-born, Italy centered Prodan (19-1-1, 15 KOs), 28, was slow to get going, and in the past round Marku felt so confident he would get the selection, that he was boosting in hands in celebration.
London-based mostly Marku (9–1, 6 KOs), 28, who was born in Albania, got a large amount of assist from the early arrivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and he looked as although he had scored a 3rd-spherical knockdown when Prodan was left sitting down on the canvas. The good news is for Prodan, it was judged to have been a slip.
Marku’s jab allowed him to management the early rounds, and he appeared so relaxed that he crossed his legs while sitting down on his stool in among rounds.
Prodan, who clashed with Marku at the weigh-in on Friday, landed a flurry of blows at the start off of the sixth and experienced extra achievement late in the round despite Marku raising his fingers insisting he was not harm.
Prodan was the busier person in the later rounds, together with the final round, but it was only more than enough to influence a single of the 3 judges. The final result won Marku a regional welterweight title.
Ousley outpoints Baysangurov
Middleweight contender Christopher Ousley, left, celebrates his decision victory over Khasan Baysangurov. Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Christopher Ousley liked a comfortable 10-spherical vast majority conclusion gain around Khasan Baysangurov to edge closer to environment middleweight title contention.
The Chicago-based mostly boxer completed Round 4 properly and came out swinging with hooks in the fifth round.
Baysangurov (21-2, 11), 24, of Samashki, Russia, remained intense all through, but Ousley’s good boxing saw him select off his opponent. Ousley (12-, 9 KOs), 30, observed his previous battle finish in a no-contest after he was judged to have landed a lower blow towards Sergio Acosta Osuna in May well. He sunk to his knees in ecstasy when he heard the scores of 95-95, 97-94, 97-94 Saturday night time.
Baysangurov was overwhelmed for the very first time because Rob Brant stopped him in the 11th round for the WBA middleweight title in February 2019.
Continue to to arrive:
Title battle: Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk, 12 rounds, for Joshua’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles
Title fight: Lawrence Okolie vs. Dilan Prasovic, 12 rounds, for Okolie’s WBO cruiserweight title