Joshua May Fight Povetkin Next
Even though Eddie Hearn is traveling to New York this week to meet with Deontay Wilder’s management and “look into the whites of their eyes, and just see if we can make a deal,” Anthony Joshua may not fight the “Bronze Bomber” next.
Per a report from Sky Sports, Joshua is expected to accept a fight with WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin for his next fight, at least according to Povetkin’s promoter.
“I believe that Joshua will follow and cooperate with the rules of the sanctioning bodies for the titles that he holds,” Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy exclusively told Sky Sports.
This could be delayed by a “special circumstance,” such as a potential Wilder-Joshua unification fight, but Ryabinskiy seems to think it will be his fighter that will face Joshua next.
“I think every fighter has to fight the best to prove that he is the best. I see no reason why Joshua would not want to fight Povetkin as his next opponent.”
As reported following Joshua’s win over Joseph Parker, Povetkin wants Joshua to come to Russia for a fight at the 81,000 seat Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, home of the 2018 World Cup final.
“Yes, of course, it is possible [to fight Joshua in Russia]. [The Luzhniki Stadium] has been recently renovated, it’s a legendary stadium, it has the capacity for a fight of this magnitude.
“We have started discussing the fight. [Joshua’s promoter] Eddie Hearn is a very respectable promoter, we consider him our partner, and we hope that we can have a pleasant and efficient negotiations process.
Original Story: Sky Sports