Hearn is Concerned: Povetkin is Dangerous Fight For Joshua

Eddie Hearn, promoter WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), is concerned with his fighter's upcoming assignment - which is a mandatory world title defense against Alexander Povetkin.

The fight is potentially going to come down on September 22nd, in the UK.

Povetkin, like Joshua, captured a gold medal in the Olympics. He also previously captured the WBA world title.


According to Hearn, he was hoping to match Joshua against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder - but claims Wilder took too long to sign a contract, and as a result the WBA came down on Joshua and forced him to meet his mandatory obligation.

"We want to beat Povetkin, we want it to be the undisputed fight, but this is a tough fight against Alexander Povetkin, but I believe Joshua beats every heavyweight," said Hearn to Sky Sports.

"I can't wait until the day he gets in the ring with Deontay Wilder. But one side in my opinion is real, and one is not. If you want to prove you're real, sign the contract.

Should Joshua win, he will attempt to fight Wilder in a high stakes unification in April of next year.

And because of that, Hearn is concerned about the contest with Povetikin, who has never been stopped and his only career defeat was a decision loss to a prime version of Wladimir Klitschko back in 2013.

Joshua was forced to get off the floor to stop Klitschko in the eleventh round of their April 2017 war.

"Joshua has got to do what he always does, just handle business, and this Povetkin fight is a tough fight," Hearn said.

"He's only lost once to Klitschko on points and Klitschko hit him with everything, couldn't budge him. He's got an Olympic gold medal, he's got great pedigree, he's got power, he's got speed, he's technically good. This is a dangerous, dangerous fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JWHardin on 07-01-2018

Povetkin vs AJ will probably look a lot like Povetkin vs Wlad, only since AJ's jab isn't as good, he will need a ref to help out more to keep Povetkin outside. Povetkin can't fight at all on the outside,…

Comment by genrick on 06-30-2018

I do hope Povetkin wins. You think Mr Alexander is easier to deal with as A side for Mr Deontay? Fight will be in Russia, first of all. Let's see who Wilder would make even $3 million with for his…

Comment by Redgloveman on 06-30-2018

I can see Povetkin sparking Joshua out, or possibly another Joshua v Parker boring safety-first approach from AJ. I don't think Joshua will come forward and knock Povetkin out

Comment by Oshio on 06-30-2018

Joshua will blast Povetkin in 5 in a brutal KO

Comment by Nomar on 06-30-2018

Povetkin was dangerous 5-7 years ago. He's now just another old dude fighter from eastern Europe.

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