Spurs fans are eagerly anticipating Anthony Joshua’s clash with Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.
London-born boxer Joshua is aiming to defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles against Usyk at the 63,000-seater stadium.
It’s the first time Tottenham have been involved in a title defence since the 1961/62 season.
Supporters of the North London outfit under retirement age are unlikely to remember the club’s ill-fated defence under the stewardship of legendary boss Bill Nicholson.
For the overwhelming majority of Spurs fans, it will be their first experience of a sporting contest in which a prize is up for grabs at the end.
Chairman Daniel Levy told Paddy Power News the event will be a unique experience for everyone involved with the club.
‘All those connected with Tottenham Hotspur will be excited by the prospect of a championship being contested here’, said the 59-year-old businessman.
‘Though I’m hoping AJ and Usyk put up more of a fight than the lads did against Chelsea last weekend’.
Meanwhile, Joshua is hoping the Tottenham supporters get behind him after all the money the club wasted on Ukrainian Serhiy Rebrov.
‘Serhiy Rebrov was banging in 30 a season for Dynamo Kyiv when Spurs paid £11 million for him. But when arrived in London he started playing like Serhiy the Meerkat’, said the 31-year-old heavyweight.
When PPN asked Eddie Hearn if he felt Joshua vs Usyk was a big enough draw to sell-out the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the promoter said:
‘There’ll be twice as many titles at stake on Saturday than Spurs have won in their entire history – oh go on then’.
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