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Heavyweight Title Defence: Anthony Joshua to Face Alexander Povetkin in September

Valentine Chinyem

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Anthony Joshua’s next fight has been scheduled to take place on September 22nd at the Wembley Stadium, against Alexander Povetkin of Russia, for the WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World titles.

Although everyone had expected a heavyweight unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder in September, but that will have to wait until 2019.

Speaking about the fight, Joshua said: ‘I can’t wait to get back in the ring. The end of March feels a long time ago now.

‘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.

Anthony Joshua

‘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.’

However, Povetkin who is looking forward to win the Heavyweight titles for himself and also a great fight against Joshua, said: ‘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 22 I get my opportunity.

Alexander Povetkin

‘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 breathtaking event.’

Deontay Wilder 

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: ‘I can’t wait to return to Wembley on September 22 for what I believe will be one of the biggest tests of AJ’s career.

‘Last time he was there he produced one of the most dramatic fights and endings in the history of the sport and I expect this fight to be full of energy and drama.

‘Povetkin is a top three heavyweight and extremely dangerous but in AJ I see the best heavyweight in the world today and I think we will see a major statement.

Anthony Joshua

‘It will be another huge night for British boxing with major championship fights on the card and another one of those special nights and atmospheres that will be watched by millions all around the world.’

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