WBA Gives Joshua 24 Hours To Sign Povetkin Fight

The Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder fight may take a back seat, as the WBA has ordered Joshua to sign a mandatory title defense against Alexander Povetkin “within 24 hours.”

Wilder, who has a contract from Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn, has demanded clarification or changes on points within the deal which would unify the heavyweight division for the first time in nearly 20 years, but  the WBA has been grown impatient with the international back and forth.

Gilberto Mendoza said: “Today the WBA requested an answer from Anthony Joshua’s team regarding his fight with the mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.

“The WBA have allowed over a month extension to negotiations with Povetkin and also ongoing discussions with Deontay Wilder.

“It appears the Wilder team have not returned the contract for the fight and therefore we are requesting a date for the Joshua versus Povetkin fight with immediate effect.”

Source: SKY Sports

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