Betting apps and bookies in the UK are about to go ablaze because Anthony Joshua has not one but two contenders to deal with! The British champion holds the prestigious WBA, IBF, and WBO titles, and is ready to defend his WBA belt against Povetkin.
But, the Russian isn’t the only one who Anthony plans to fight. According to Eddie Hearn, they’re also talking to Deontay Wilder, the WBC belt holder, and are very likely to set up a unification fight between the two. Hearn also says that the WBA will probably sanction the match, which means that the winner will have to face Povetkin.
Additionally, Joshua’s promoter said that they would definitely face Povetkin, as he’s the mandatory WBA belt contender; they are just deciding whom to fight first. There are two options as of now. Hearn says that they’re either going to fight Wilder next, Povetkin second. Alternatively, they’re going to set up a fight with Wilder, then fight Povetkin first. Either way, both bouts will happen.
However, another point of contention is the place of the fight. According to him, Wilder is unlikely to fight in the UK. He would rather Joshua take the fight to him, and box on his home turf in the USA. On the other hand, Hearn and Joshua prefer to compete in the UK, where Joshua feels at home. Not only that, but Hearn says the fight should take place in the UK since Wilder is the challenger.
In the end, the only thing that’s left undecided is the place and the order of the fights. The way the things are now, Joshua is very likely to face both opponents. Hearn says they will most likely decide if the Joshua-Wilder clash will happen this week, so stay tuned.