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Anthony Joshua to face Daniel Dubois for IBF world heavyweight title


Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua will fight Daniel Dubois in an all-British heavyweight clash for the IBF world heavyweight title at Wembley Stadium on September 21.

Oleksandr Usyk announced on Tuesday that he vacated the IBF belt, giving Joshua a chance to regain one of the world titles he previously held. Dubois, who has been upgraded from IBF interim title holder to the IBF champion, will be Joshua’s opponent.

Joshua has been working his way back up the heavyweight ranks after suffering two consecutive losses to Usyk in 2021 and 2022. Usyk went on to become the undisputed world champion with a victory over Tyson Fury last month.

Joshua, 34, returned with a points win over Jermaine Franklin in 2023 and followed up with stoppage victories over Robert Helenius and Otto Wallin later that year. This year, he has already boxed once, defeating Francis Ngannou in just two rounds.

Dubois, who previously held a version of the WBA title, has also rebuilt successfully from a loss to Usyk. The 26-year-old challenged Usyk for the WBO, WBA, and IBF titles at the Wroclaw Stadium in Poland last August. Despite a strong effort, Dubois was halted by Usyk in the ninth round. Dubois has since defeated Jarrell Miller in December and Filip Hrgovic at the start of this month to win the IBF Interim title.

Joshua commented, “I’m ready to reclaim my title. This fight is important, and I’m going to give it everything.”

Dubois stated, “I’ve been preparing for this moment. I’m confident and ready to show the world what I can do.”