Povetkin Made Joshua’s WBA Mandatory

Even though Anthony Joshua has plans to unify, it seems the WBA has other ideas, as they’ve ordered a fight between Joshua and mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin by September.

Joshua, who won the belt against Wladimir Klitschko, now looks set to defend both that belt as well as his IBF and newly claimed WBO title against Povetkin.

Povetkin showcased his power during the semi-main event of Joshua’s bout against Joseph Parker at the end of last month, knocking out David Price in brutal fashion.

“The WBA called the mandatory yesterday for AJ to face Povetkin next,” promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports. “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.”

It is up to Joshua and his camp to decide on fighting Povetkin next, agreeing a step-aside deal — which could see the Russian face Dillian Whyte, or vacate his WBA belt. However, Povetkin says that he only has eyes for Joshua.

“I am an obligatory challenger for the championship fight,” Povetkin said on the prospect of facing Joshua. “I really look forward to the moment when I can fight with the strongest in the world.

“Now Anthony Joshua has four belts. I really want this fight, but I do not even want to think about proposals to box with other rivals “

Original Story: ESPN

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