After weeks of talk online and on social media Anthony Joshua’s next defence of his world heavyweight title has been announced by promoters Matchroom, we’ve know for a couple of weeks now that AJ would fight at Wembley for his next 2 fights but until now an OPPO for neither day had been fourthcoming until today when Russian Alexander Povetkin was announced.
WBA super title mandatory Povetkin, who has a good record, will fight in the UK for the first time when he steps into that Wembley ring on September 22 to take on Joshua for the WBA, IBO, WBO & IBF world heavyweight titles.
“The battle for the World title has always been my goal,” Povetkin toldDAILY SPORT Boxing. “I fought for the moment to face the strongest in the World and on September 22nd I get my opportunity. Anthony Joshua has four belts and I want them all. I’m glad that our fight will finally take place, the meeting of two Olympic Champions in the ring is destined to be a breath-taking event.”
Joshua has been waiting to get back in the ring since he took Joseph Parker’s WBO strap in Cardiff and the champ told DAILY SPORT Boxing “I can’t wait to get back in the ring, the end of March feels a long time ago now, Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for. He has serious pedigree and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table.”
The fight will be televised LIVE on Sky Sports Box Office here in the UK.
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