Boxing News At Five | Jun 05 2018

Boxing News at Five: Povetkin overtakes Wilder in the race for Joshua, and Eubank Jr vs. Ryder rumoured

It looks as though Anthony Joshua will have to fight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin before he can get his hands on Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua

ACCORDING to Eddie Hearn’s gut, the feeling is that Anthony Joshua will fight Alexander Povetkin, and not Deontay Wilder, later this summer.

The hope initially was that Joshua and Wilder would put their differences to one side, agree on a location, and get in the ring to contest the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles at some point between August and November. But that now looks unlikely.

Instead, by way of Plan B, it would seem Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion, is being ushered towards a fight with Povetkin, his WBA mandatory challenger, which means a date against WBC champion Wilder, the one the world wants to see, will now be lightly pencilled in for early next year.