Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Anthony OlaseniOluwafemi Joshua has a date to pick in September to take on mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin of Russia.
This much has been revealed by Matchroom Boxing Promotions boss, Eddie Hearn, who said the mandatory fight between Joshua and Povetkinwill take place on either September 22 or 29, at one of London’s major arena – Wembley, Twickenham or London Olympic Stadium.
Povektin has won 8 straight fights since his lone defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013, but has had some recent problems testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
Talking about the impending match-up between Joshua and Povektin, Hearn maintains that if Wilder really still wants to fight ‘AJ’ they can target an April 2019 fight in the U.K.
“We’re fighting Povetkin in September and we’re looking at multiple venues and dates. We have a deal with Povetkin agreed to, but it’s not signed yet.
“Massive danger. I don’t like the fight. I think it’s a mad fight to take with the Wilder fight at the door, but that’s AJ.
“He thinks him and Povetkin is a great fight, a great statement and he’s one of the best heavyweights.
“He’s not taking easy touches waiting for Wilder. By fighting these guys, Wilder can’t say he’s afraid to fight him,” Hearn concluded.