Who’s next for the undefeated heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua?
After taking of care of Joseph Parker last March, the British boxer Anthony Joshua will try to defend his belts against a Russian opponent this September.
AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, announced that Joshua would be going up against Alexander Povetkin on September 22. The fight will be held at Wembley.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring, the end of March feels a long time ago now.”
It will be the first fight in six months for the Briton since he last won his 21st consecutive match four months ago. He outlasted his New Zealander challenger via unanimous decision. The victory gave him the WBO title while already securing WBA and IBF heavyweight belts.
Hailed as one of the best boxers in the current generation, Joshua extended his undefeated run to 21 fights.
Previously, there were talks the heavyweight champion could be facing WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, next. Joshua has been preparing and training for this match until the negotiations were thwarted.
While the Joshua-Wilder seemed to be a dream match, Povetkin remains a good challenger for the 28-year-old boxing champion.
Heavyweight Titles on the Line
With his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World titles all at stake, Joshua is aware what is on the line.
This is why he is not taking Povetkin lightly.
“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.”
For this match, the pride of Great Britain wants to reach his ‘breaking point’ so that he could give the home crowd something to cheer for.
“Training hasn’t stopped for me, but the next 10 weeks ahead will be intense both mentally and physically.”
“I will push myself to breaking point to make sure I am in peak condition for another huge night for British boxing at Wembley Stadium on September 22nd.”
Meanwhile, Povetkin, who edged David Price in the undercard event of Joshua-Parker fight, said he is setting his eyes on the prize.
“The battle for the world title has always been my goal. I fought for the moment to face the strongest in the world and on September 22nd get my opportunity.”
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Can Povetkin put a blemish on his immaculate record? Or will Anthony Joshua protect his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight crowns and stay undefeated?