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Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin set for September

Alexander Povetkin will be tested in the build-up to his fight with AJ Alexander Povetkin has signed up for Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency Association’s drug testing programme clearing the way for the Russian to fight Anthony Joshua. Metro.co.uk understands September 22 is the targeted date for the world title. Joshua will fight Povetkin after talks with WBC champion Deontay Wilder broke down and the WBA ordered the Brit to face his mandatory challenger. More: Boxing exclusiveTony Bellew: Tyson Fury is an embarrassment and will never return to his overrated best Amir Khan warns Kell Brook: I’m not ducking anyone exclusiveTony Bellew: Deontay Wilder needs to get real and accept he is a poor man’s Anthony JoshuaPovetkin earned WBA’s No.1 challenger spot by knocking out David Price on the undercard of Joshua’s unification fight with Joseph Parker in March. The Russian has a chequered doping history and saw a clash with Wilder in 2016 called off when he failed two drug tests in quick succession. Advertisement if(window.adverts) { adverts.addToArray({“pos”: “mpu_mobile_top”}) } Advertisement if(window.adverts) { adverts.addToArray({“pos”: “mpu_tablet”}) } Povetkin was not banned for the first failed test despite admitting he took banned substance meldonium, but the 38-year-old then tested positive for ostarine. Anthony Joshua is a three-belt world champion (Picture: Reuters) MORE: Tony Bellew: Deontay Wilder needs to get real and accept he is a poor man’s Anthony Joshua The WBC handed Povetkin a life-time ban, but then reinstated him into their rankings last year. Povetkin has not failed a drug test since then, but Price confirmed in March neither he or Povetkin were tested until fight week. Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn is working on securing Wembley for the September 22 date, which would see Joshua return to the place where he became a unified champion. Wladimir Klitschko is the only fighter to beat Povetkin (Picture: Getty) David Price revealed he and Povetkin were not tested until fight week (Picture: Getty) Joshua is aiming for Wembley on September 22 (Picture: Getty)Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA (Super) title in April 2017, and will be aiming to sell out the 90,000 seater stadium for the second time in his 21-fight career. While Povetkin is a dangerous opponent, fight fans were disappointed to learn Joshua would not be stepping into the ring with Wilder. The American blames Joshua and Hearn for the fight falling through, insisting AJ’s team never wanted to come to terms over the historic unification showdown. Advertisement if(window.adverts) { adverts.addToArray({“pos”: “mpu_mobile_mid”}) } Advertisement if(window.adverts) { adverts.addToArray({“pos”: “mpu_tablet_mid”}) } Hearn has repeatedly dismissed Wilder’s claims, while Joshua is yet to speak publicly about the matter. Amir Khan press conference ahead of Samuel Vargas fightTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%00:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 00:00/Duration Time 12:38FullscreenAmir Khan press conference ahead of Samuel Vargas fighthttps://metro.co.uk/video/amir-khan-press-conference-ahead-samuel-vargas-fight-1718350/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. MORE: Tony Bellew predicts Tyson Fury cannot reclaim past glory and Anthony Joshua will smash Alexander Povetkin More: Boxing Amir Khan promises fireworks as fight with Samuel Vargas confirmed for September 8 Signed in ten seconds: Tyson Fury tells Deontay Wilder to send him a fight contract Advertisementif(window.adverts) { adverts.addToArray({“pos”:”mpu_mobile”}) } Advertisementif(window.adverts) { adverts.addToArray({“pos”:”inread_player”}) } Share this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via googleShare this article via whatsappShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via smsShare this article via flipboardCopy linkShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter MoreAnthony JoshuaBoxingTony Bellew: Tyson Fury is an embarrassment and will never return to his overrated best

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