Joshua to Fight Dubois for World Title at Wembley September

Anthony Joshua will take on fellow Briton Daniel Dubois for the IBF heavyweight title at Wembley Stadium on 21 September.

Undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk vacated the belt on Tuesday, leading to interim champion Dubois, 26, being elevated to champion status.

Two-time world champion Joshua, 34, is currently on a four-fight winning streak, with three stoppages in his last three bouts.

Dubois has secured victories in his last two fights, stopping Jarrell Miller in December and Filip Hrgovic this month to earn the interim champion title.

Usyk, from Ukraine, initially requested not to be stripped of the IBF belt to keep the undisputed title on the line for his rematch against Britain’s Tyson Fury on 21 December, but he later changed his mind.

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“Anthony and Daniel, I know the IBF title is important to you. It is my present to you on 21 September,” Usyk said in a video message on X.

In August, Dubois lost to Usyk in controversial fashion during his first attempt at a world title. In the fifth round, Dubois floored Usyk with a punch the referee deemed a low blow, ultimately leading to Dubois losing by stoppage in the ninth round.

Dubois has a record of 21 wins in 23 fights, while Joshua boasts 28 victories and three losses. Together, they have amassed 45 knockouts. This event will mark the first boxing match at Wembley since Fury’s victory over Dillian Whyte in December 2022.

Joshua will be making his fourth appearance at Wembley and his third as a headliner. In contrast, this will be Dubois’ first time headlining an event at a venue with a capacity exceeding 60,000.

The winner of this bout will position themselves as a prime contender to face the winner of the Usyk-Fury fight.

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