Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin announced for Sept. 22 at Wembley Stadium. WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s next fight won’t be against WBC champion Deontay Wilder after negotiations reached an impasse. Instead, Joshua will defend his titles next against Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 22 in front of what is expected to be a full house at Wembley Stadium in London.
Joshua will return to the scene where he faced Wladimir Klitschko in a Fight of the Year candidate that took place back in April of 2017. Joshua claimed the WBA title in an all-action firefight that saw him stop the legendary Klitschko in the 11th round in front of a post-war record crowd of 90,000 at England’s national stadium.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring, the end of March feels a long time ago now,” said Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), who went to the distance for the first time in his professional career in his last fight against Joseph Parker. “Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for. He has serious pedigree and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table.”
“The battle for the World title has always been my goal,” said Povetkin. “I fought for the moment to face the strongest in the World, and on September 22 I get my opportunity. Anthony Joshua has four belts and I want them all. I’m glad that our fight will finally take place, the meeting of two Olympic champions in the ring is destined to be a breath-taking event.”