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Anthony Joshua: Deontay Wilder still favourite for April shot at AJ – bookies

Deontay Wilder is favourite with the bookies to face Anthony Joshua in April GETTY

Deontay Wilder is favourite with the bookies to face Anthony Joshua in April

“Anthony Joshua must first get past Alexander Povetkin on September 22”

That’s according to bookies Betfair, who have the American as 8/13 favourite to face the unified heavyweight champion in his next bout.

Joshua must first get past Alexander Povetkin on September 22.

Povetkin, 38, was made mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBA ‘Super’ title, despite the public clamouring for a Joshua vs Wilder showdown instead.

Anthony Joshua faces Alexander Povetkin on September 22 GETTY

Anthony Joshua faces Alexander Povetkin on September 22

WBC champion Deontay Wilder is also seeking a fight with Joshua GETTY

WBC champion Deontay Wilder is also seeking a fight with Joshua

It means WBC chief Wilder is now set to face another British heavyweight in Tyson Fury.

Following the latter’s win over Francesco Pianeta on August 18, Wilder entered the ring and all but confirmed a bout with Fury will go ahead in Las Vegas.

The ‘Gypsy King’ and promoter Frank Warren are still yet to confirm that fight, but Starsport understand it should take place in November.

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Wilder now looks likely to take on Tyson Fury (left) GETTY

Wilder now looks likely to take on Tyson Fury (left)

It would be Fury’s first world title fight since his famous win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 GETTY

It would be Fury’s first world title fight since his famous win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015

That meeting was seemingly a hypothetical final eliminator for the big shot at Joshua in April – with the latter’s promoter Eddie Hearn already pencilling in another date at Wembley.

But Hearn has also thrown Joshua’s long-time rival Dillian Whyte into the mix amid talk of Wilder and Fury.

“As it goes right now, he’s the favourite, because [Deontay] Wilder won’t communicate with us, or his team,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

 

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