OLEKSANDR USYK’s unified heavyweight title defence against Daniel Dubois has been confirmed.
Boxing’s pound-for-pound king was set to face Tyson Fury in an undisputed showdown in the spring.
But talks over the historic bout collapsed after very public and heated negotiations.
Team Usyk then turned their attention to the mandatory challenger for the WBA strap – Brit bruiser Dubois.
And the pair will throw down in a Polish punch-up in Wroclaw on August 26.
Former undisputed cruiserweight king Usyk announced his second defence of the unified thone on Instagram on Thursday.
Along with the official fight poster, the undefeated Ukranian wrote: “See you 26 August.”
Boxing fans were quick to comment, with several expressing their frustration with the bout.
One said: “Heavyweight boxing is finished.”
Another said: “Another heavyweight match nobody cares about. Well done.”
And another said: “Dubois gonna see 10 Uysk’s dancing around him!”
One remarked: “Dubois isn’t ready for Usyk he’s not on that level.”
Another chimed in: “Easy night for Usyk. He’s a different league than DD – no comparison.”
Usyk vs Dubois came to fruition after the WBA ordered the bout following the collapse of the former’s undisputed clash with Fury.
Dubois’ punch-up with Usyk will be his first full world title fight, in which promoter Frank Warren expects him to cause a major upset.
The Queensberry Promotions chief told SecondsOut: “I look at the fights [Usyk] had at heavyweight.
“Derek Chisora about 18 months, maybe two years ago springs to mind.
” For six, seven rounds Chisora gave him a lot of problems. He was there with him, there was nothing in it.
“They picked Chisora for a reason but look what Tyson [Fury] did with Chisora and look at that.
“His two fights with [Anthony Joshua], AJ weren’t at the races, he was on the back foot all the time. For me, AJ is not the fighter he was.
“I look at that, I look at [Daniel] and I just know that’s he powerful, he’s got a good jab, he’s faster than people think.
“If Usyk gets clipped and tastes some of that power it’s gunna be interesting to see how he reacts.