Regardless what you think about the idea of masses of people gathering in one spot for major sporting events during a pandemic, it’s happening, and it’s happening soon. Today, Tottenham Hotspur announced that Watford native and unified heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua will defend his title against contender Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25.
Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World @AnthonyJoshua will put his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO World Titles on the line against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, September 25. #DestinationTottenham #JoshuaUsyk— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 20, 2021
You might remember back in the Before Times that Joshua had made a similar announcement about a fight against Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev in March of 2020 just before the world shut down. This new bout against Usyk would appear to fulfill that pre-COVID desire and commitment to stage a fight in a major London football stadium.
Like I said before, I don’t know boxing and don’t really care. However, this is one of those extra-curricular events that was designed to put more money into Tottenham’s coffers so we can afford things like “new players” and “higher salaries.” So in that sense, I’m all for it, so long as it can be done safely.