News | Apr 06 2018

Anthony Joshua next fight – just say no to Alexander Povetkin

If Anthony Joshua is forced to fight Alexander Povetkin instead of Deontay Wilder it highlights some serious problems with the sanctioning bodies
Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua

ANTHONY JOSHUA next fight is currently one of the most searched terms on Google, and Alexander Povetkin today emerged alongside Deontay Wilder as the most popular result after the WBA ordered the champion’s team to begin negotiations with their mandatory contender.

Anthony Joshua, who also holds the IBF and WBO titles, is understood to prefer a unification showdown with WBC champion Wilder instead, and the Briton’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, is currently in talks with the American’s numerous representatives hoping to strike a deal to make one of the most wanted fights in boxing a reality.

Hearn today confirmed to Boxing News that for those talks to be a success, the WBA would also have to accept Team Joshua’s “application for exception” in regards to not fighting Povetkin next. The current situation, however, stipulates that Joshua must agree terms within 30 days and the fight must take place within 150 (before the end of August).


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