AJ to sort out defence against Povetkin in 30 days!

April 8, 2018
Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for the WBA title… but the Russian wants all four of AJ’s belts
ANTHONY JOSHUA has been ordered to sort out terms to fight Alexander Povetkin within the next 30 days.

The controversial Russian, 38, beat David Price on the undercard for AJ’s win over Joseph Parker and has since been confirmed as the WBA mandatory’s challenger.

Joshua won the WBA title with stunning triumph over Wladimir Klitschko a year ago as he climbed off the canvas to stop the Ukrainian in the 11th round at Wembley.

 Povetkin knocks out David Price in the fifth round of their Cardiff fight on Saturday
Povetkin knocks out David Price in the fifth round of their Cardiff fight on Saturday

The World Boxing Association have now told Joshua to negotiate a defence against Povetkin if he wants to keep his title.

AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports News: “The WBA called the mandatory yesterday for AJ to face Povetkin next.

“We have a 30 day window to negotiate – at this stage it means it’s very likely Anthony’s next fight will be between Deontay Wilder or Povetkin.”

 Alexander Povetkin with his WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International heavyweight belts after his win over David Price

Alexander Povetkin with his WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International heavyweight belts after his win over David Price

A member of Povetkin’s promotional team said: “Povetkin is now a mandatory contender of Anthony Joshua. He was appointed by WBA.

“Now there are 150 days to arrange the fight, it must take place. Before the fight with Sasha, Joshua has no right to fight with anybody else. We have 30 days to negotiate.”

 Anthony Joshua has been told he must fight Alexander Povetkin if he wants to keep his WBA belt

Anthony Joshua has been told he must fight Alexander Povetkin if he wants to keep his WBA belt

Vadim Kornilov, who works with Povetkin’s World Boxing promotional team, believes the fight could take place in Russia.

He said: “It would, depending on the timing, fill up the new [81,000-seater] Luzhniki Stadium – a football stadium.

“That’s a location with enough magnitude for this type of fight.”

SOURCE: thesun.co.uk


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