Tottenham Hotspur stadium ‘going to be electric’ for Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk as Eddie Hearn hails Spurs chairman Daniel Levy
Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are set for an ‘electric’ bout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.
Spurs’ home will be the site for the first major boxing event coming out of the pandemic.
It’s AJ’s first stadium show since defeating Alexander Povetkin at Wembley back in September 2018.
Three years on, Joshua puts his WBA (super), IBF, IBO and WBO world heavyweight titles on the line against the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, fellow Olympic gold medallist and still unbeaten Usyk.
Spurs’ stadium has a seated capacity of 62,850 and it’s expected to exceed that for a boxing match.
At the press conference, Matchroom kingpin Eddie Hearn hailed the efforts of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to make this venue a reality.
“I think it’s important that we thank Daniel Levy and all the team at Tottenham as well, because that was some effort they’ve made to put this event on at this incredible stadium as well,” said Hearn.
Sky Sports commentator Adam Smith has also praised the stadium being the site of Joshua vs Usyk saying it’s a symbol of England returning to normality after a trying 18 months at the mercy of a global pandemic.
“I love the York Hall, Bethnal Green spit and sawdust there, so for me, anywhere that has a great match on is going to be a particularly special atmosphere in itself. I just think, and having worked closely with the people here at Tottenham, that they have got a stadium that is made for boxing,” Smith told talkSPORT.
“Especially the sound, it’s going to be electric. The way it’s designed – brilliantly designed this stadium – I think it’s going to keep that sound in, it will reverberate around and I think there’s going to be some real electricity in the air on Saturday night.
“Plus, it’s a dangerous mandatory against Oleksandr Usyk, but I think really, from the fact that the supporters are back and that’s what we’ve all waited for for so long.
“We’ve been locked down, in bubbles, hotels and the atmosphere has been very quiet in fight camps over the last year and a half. I just think everything is back and it’s going to be fantastic.”
The £750million structure is as modern as it is impressive.
The microbrewery has made the most headlines in among the stadium’s features as it can pour 10,000 pints a minute which compliments the 86.8 metres long bar – the longest in the UK, which will no doubt see good use on Saturday.
There is also a sky lounge that has panoramic views of the action and an in-house bakery if you a pastry while watching two guys batter each other.
And a retractable pitch means Spurs fans need not worry of damage to their turf.
Instead, they can just sit back and enjoy an incredible spectacle between Joshua and Usyk.
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