Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk will be held at one of three UK stadiums

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Anthony Joshua's fight with Oleksandr Usyk could happen in the UK after his big money deal to fight Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia fell apart last week.

Fury was ordered to rematch Deontay Wilder after an arbitration ruling, so the August 14 date set for the unification bout has now been pushed back indefinitely.

In the meantime, Joshua will likely defend his heavyweight belts against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, the 18-0 former cruiserweight from the Ukraine.

However, this could be good news for British fight fans, who may get the chance to see Joshua defend his titles in the UK towards the end of the summer, likely with restrictions lifted and a capacity crowd.

Back in December, Joshua fought Kubrat Pulev at the SSE Arena Wembley, but only 1,000 fans were allowed to attend.

Speaking with IFL TV last night about where the fight will be held, promoter Eddie Hearn said that no venue was set, but it could take place in Cardiff's Millenium Stadium or one of London grounds Wembley or Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

"We're talking to Wembley," he said. "We're talking to Spurs as well, the big question we asked Wembley [when discussing the Fury fight] was 'can you guarantee full capacity?' and the answer was no.

Anthony Joshua could fight Oleksandr Usyk in the UK

"There's been good movement at the weekend with fans coming back, if we're in August or early September do we have a better chance?

"We're not under as much pressure with the financials as we were with the Fury-AJ mega-fight so could we go in with a 40,000 capacity and upwards.

"The plan is to hold the event in London, or Cardiff subject to when it is."

Joshua could also fight in America for his next bout, but Hearn says that it's unlikely that Usyk would be the opponent in that case, which would mean relinquishing one of his heavyweight title belts.

Andy Ruiz Jr has thrown his hat in the ring to do a trilogy fight, but it seems that the main plan is to have the undefeated Ukrainian step in.

Usyk was considered one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world at cruiserweight, defeating Tony Bellew to unify the division in 2018 after winning the World Boxing Super Series.

However, he has only fought twice at heavyweight, defeating Chazz Witherspoon in 2019 and then taking a decision win against Derek Chisora in London last Halloween.

He didn't look particularly impressive last time out, and Joshua has been named by many bookies as a fairly strong favourite to retain his belts and move on to a potential unification.

But that Fury fight isn't guaranteed, despite Fury's promoter Bob Arum insisting that the fight will happen in December.

"The thing is," Hearn told IFL. "We aren't in a position where they've said 'look, we have to do this fight on July 24 and we've done everything we can to try and get him to step aside or do a deal but we can't do it, but shall we start working on a December fight now?'

"The focus now has to be on Anthony Joshua because he's the real one who I know does what he says, there's no deviation, we have a plan and stick to it.

"We have to finalise his plan and right now that doesn't include Tyson Fury."

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