Joshua-Povetkin Likely For Sept 22 In U.K.
Following news that the WBA has demanded a fight between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin be signed within the next 24 hours, Eddie Hearn has set the stage for that to be a reality.
Hearn, who has been negotiating with Deontay Wilder and Povetkin’s teams for the chance to fight Joshua, has offered Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel, an April 15th clash at London’s Wembley Stadium, closing the door on a fight between the two in 2018.
Now, the alleged September 22nd date has been slotted for Povetkin, who is the mandatory challenger for the aforementioned WBA heavyweight title.
The issues over Wilder’s contract with Joshua have caused the WBA to act on Tuesday, giving Joshua and Hearn the deadline to sign a fight with the Russian challenger, or possibly lose his title.
With Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker slated to face off in July, that fight, Kubrat Pulev having the IBF mandatory mantle, as Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz nip at the WBC champion’s heels, Joshua and Wilder may have to handle mandatory challengers before squaring off in a unification fight.
When speaking with World Boxing News, Finkel claimed that he received notice about April the same day as the WBA announcement. “Today I get a letter saying; ‘We’re not going to fight you next, but we’ll fight you the fight after that…and it will be April 13th at Wembley Stadium. So basically, he can tell me next year, but he can’t tell me a date for this year.”
Finkel also claims he was sending back a signed contract and not comments, and feels that Joshua and Hearn are ducking his fighter. “In fact, they send us an offer which is a flat-fee of $15m with a rematch clause,” claimed the manager. “Which we accepted, and then a date of September 15th at Wembley – which they knew was the date for Canelo. So, they never had the intention of doing it. How can you go the same day as Canelo?
“They are fighting Povetkin on a later date now so why couldn’t they offer that date to us?
“I asked them on Sunday what date and what venue and they wouldn’t tell us, because they never wanted to do this fight.”
Quotes Via World Boxing News