Hearn: Joshua & Povetkin in Negotiations
Promoter Eddie Hearn says that negotiations are currently ongoing for a bout between WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua and his mandatory WBA challenger Alexander Povetkin.
As reported by Boxing Scene, negotiations for an undisputed title fight between Joshua and WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder are still also occurring, but the two parties have come to a major roadblock. Each fighter wants the other to come to their respective home territory — Joshua wants the fight in the U.K., while Wilder wants it held in the U.S.
Hearn says he hopes to have Joshua’s next fight official before the end of June.
“Povetkin is the WBA mandatory challenger and we are talking to them at the moment and we’ve got a great relationship with his team,” Hearn said. “They understand the position, AJ wants to fight Wilder next, but Povetkin will get his chance at some point. I think it is likely AJ’s next fight will be in September and we probably get it done in the next two to three weeks.”
In his last bout, back on March 31, Joshua defeated Joseph Parker to win the WBO title in a lackluster and negatively-received bout. On the undercard of that fight, Povetkin scored a crushing fifth-round knockout of David Price.
Original Story: Boxing Scene