Anthony Joshua To Face Alexander Povetkin
It’s official, Anthony Joshua will step back into the ring for the first time in six months when he faced Joseph Parker (AJ won via a unanimous decision).
Once the fight between Wilder and Joshua was dead in the water, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, moved on to nail down a fight with former WBA champion Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs).
And the news has emerged, on September 22nd, Joshua will defend his World Heavyweight Titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium. It is a mandatory defence of his WBA title, but his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World titles will all be on the line.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring, the end of March feels a long time ago now,” said Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), who went to the distance for the first time in his professional career in his last fight against Joseph Parker. “Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for. He has a serious pedigree and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table.”
The experienced Russian has suffered only one defeat since his professional debut in 2005, losing by unanimous decision to Wladimir Klitschko in Moscow in 2013.
It will be a meeting of two former Olympic champions, Povetkin taking super-heavyweight gold at the 2004 Athens Games and Joshua the same title at London 2012.
The battle for the world title has always been my goal,” said Povetkin. “I fought for the moment to face the strongest in the world and on September 22 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 breathtaking event.”
Joshua remains undefeated while Povetkin’s record stands at 34-1. The 38-year-old Russian’s last fight was also back in March, against David Price. Povetkin, nicknamed the ‘White Lion’, has secured 24 of his 34 wins via a knockout.
After this mandatory title defence, Joshua will be free to fight Deontay Wilder, after months of rumours that a fight will be agreed between the pair.