Hearn Claims Povetkin’s Next For Joshua

Another deadline has been set in the negotiations between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, in their attempt to unify boxing’s heavyweight division.

Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua has set a two week deadline until he and Joshua decide who is next for the British superstar.

Outside of Wilder, the current WBC world heavyweight champion, WBA mandatory Challenger Alexander Povetkin has been making noise about wanting to be next against Joshua.

The sticking point for a Joshua-Wilder fight has been the location. Joshua is making it known that he wants the fight in the UK, even if it means taking up to $20 million less than the $50 million offered by Wilder and his team to come to the United States.

Povetkin is more than willing to fight in the UK, and did as much on the undercard of Joshua’s win over Joseph Parker in March at Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Povetkin would land a devastating knockout of Olympic medalist David Price.”We are probably about two weeks away from a decision on AJ’s next fight…. September has been earmarked for his return and all focus remains on Deontay Wilder,” Hearn told Daily Mail.

“Povetkin is the likely choice if Wilder refuses to travel. Povetkin is the WBA mandatory so both fights are extremely dangerous. A Wilder fight in the US stands as Joshua’s most lucrative option, but he is willing to accept a lesser payday for home advantage.”

If a deal between Wilder and Joshua is not reached, then the WBC champ is likely going to make a mandatory title defense against Dominic Breazeale. Wilder and Breazeale were involved in a physical altercation at a hotel in 2017.

Original Story: Daily Mail

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