Povetkin Wants Joshua Next In Russia
Following his devastating knockout victory on the Joshua-Parker undercard, Alexander Povetkin was confronted by Dillian Whyte in an attempt to set up a fight between the two.
Now, Povetkin is looking to distance himself from a potential fight with the WBC silver title holder, and focus on Anthony Joshua.
With his knockout of David Price at Principality Stadium, Povetkin became the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBA title, and told his promotional team as such.
“I look forward to the moment when I can compete against the best in the world. Anthony has four belts. I want this fight and I don’t even think about fighting someone else.”
Per SKY Sports World of Boxing, who promotes Povetkin, will attempt to lure Joshua to Russia, with the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium as the venue. The stadium will also host this year’s World Cup final.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claims that not only would a Povetkin fight be on the table in 2018, but this year would be the only year they’d be interested in doing a fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
He told Sky Sports: “I will say it once again, the window for fighting Wilder is 2018, otherwise we will risk it not being an undisputed fight.”
Original Story: Sky Sports