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Joshua to fight Dubois for world title at Wembley; Cacace set to defend world title against Warrington


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Anthony Joshua will face fellow Briton Daniel Dubois for the IBF heavyweight title at Wembley Stadium on 21 September.

Undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk vacated the belt on Tuesday and interim champion Dubois, 26, was elevated to champion status as a result.

Two-time world champion Joshua, 34, is on a four-fight winning streak and has three stoppages in his past three bouts.

Dubois has won his past two fights, stopping Jarrell Miller in December and Filip Hrgovic this month to become interim champion.

Ukrainian Usyk initially requested that he not be stripped of the IBF belt so the undisputed title could remain on the line when he faces Britain's Tyson Fury in a rematch on 21 December, but then changed his mind.

"Anthony and Daniel, I know the IBF title is important to you. It is my present to you on 21 September," Usyk said in a video message on X.

Dubois lost in controversial fashion to Usyk in August in his first bid to win a world title.

Dubois floored Usyk in the fifth round with what the referee deemed a low blow, before losing by stoppage in the ninth.

Dubois has won 21 of his 23 fights, while Joshua has 28 victories and three losses. They have a combined 45 knockouts.

It will be be the first time since Fury's win over Dillian Whyte in December 2022 that Wembley will host boxing.

Joshua will be making his fourth appearance there - and third as a headliner - while Dubois will fight in a main event at a 60,000-plus venue for the first time.

The winner will put themselves in prime position to fight the winner of Usyk-Fury.

Cacace set to defend IBF super-featherweight title against two-time world champion Warrington on undercard

Anthony Cacace admits that being world champion "adds a little more pressure" but he is confident of defeating Josh Warrington.

The Belfast boxer, 35, stunned the previously undefeated Joe Cordina in Saudi Arabia to claim the world title in May.

Leeds fighter Warrington, 33, is a two-time world champion but has lost his last two bouts.

"They will now expect for me to fight like that every time," Cacace told BBC Sport.

"I'm not being cocky or anything, but I genuinely believe I can beat Warrington too."

While Warrington is a two-time world champion, he has only won just one of his last five bouts.

His defeat by Luis Alberto Lopez saw him lose his IBF world featherweight belt and Leigh Wood successfully defended his WBA title against Warrington in October.

In contrast, Cacace is coming off the biggest win of his career, which came on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk's win over Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia, and is undefeated in his last seven bouts.

Despite a difference in form, Cacace admits it will be "a very difficult fight" against "great fighter" Warrington.

"I'm not going to take anything away from him. That's what he is," added Cacace.

"I feel like I have been watching Josh since I was 16. He has been around this game a long time.

"He's done things in the game that many could only dream of. We'll have to leave it down to the night and see what happens."

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