Joshua v Povetkin to happen 22nd September
Joshua v Povetkin to happen 22nd September, after talks to fight Wilder broke down.
British unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is a man whose career has gained interests from several parties. American heavyweight and WBC champion Deontay Wilder had expressed interest in facing Joshua. This has dramatically changed following WBA demanded that Joshua faces the mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. After Wilder’s to failure to sign the contract.
Joshua has confirmed signing a two-fight deal with Wembley, slotted to take place on 22 September and the other one moves to April 13 next year.
His last fight in at Wembley was against Wladimir Klitschko recorded a 90 000 booking. Reminiscing his imminent comeback to Wembley, Joshua said;
“The opportunity to fight in such an iconic stadium is normally a once in a career opportunity, so to be given the chance to fight there again is amazing. Wembley just added a fourth lion to the den.”
AJ is one of the very refined boxers and promoter Eddie Hearn his optimistic that they will continue to scale greater heights. Wembley is no doubt a great “den” for Joshua to unleash a great fight as he always does.
“I want to thank the supporters from Wales and Great Britain and also the people of London for patiently awaiting my return.”
Among reasons why the match hasn’t been officially announced is the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia where England is a finalist potential. Promoter Eddie Hearn no doubt wants maximum coverage on this event. He said;
“I’m extremely honoured to get the opportunity to promote two more shows at the national stadium and delighted for British fight fans that Anthony has made this commitment to them.”
It is a commitment that will see AJ seek to accelerate his career as he faces the Russian in September. Joshua is currently Matchroom’s highest-rated boxer, and his fights have been selling out in a matter of minutes.
But the fight against Povetkin has several elements that make it an exciting bout. The Russian, who held the WBA champion, is older than Joshua by close to a decade.
He won the Olympic super-heavyweight gold for Russia in 2003, eight years after Joshua. His career has also been blemished by a failed drug test at least twice.
This fight is also of great interest to Matchroom boxing, after Eddie Hearn since it might be streamed for the American audience by DAZN, following their newly found partnership.
Plans for Joshua to fight American boxer Deontay Wilder flopped when he(Wilder) failed to finalise signing the contract.
Whereas Joshua’s progress has had little hills and mountains, he has barely been engaged in an overly demanding bout. His fight with 39-year-old Povetkin might as well not be a severe challenge, and the age difference is one of the items that create a plateau.
Ultimately, Joshua is expected to put up an exciting fight although he is facing an opponent who has a 190 cm (75 in). Joshua has an 82 in (208 cm) reach.
Fans are always looking forward to an exhilarating fight. Joshua attracts global attention for his easy-going mannerism. His September fight will be no different.