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Hearn Offers Alexander Povetkin Slot On Joshua vs. Parker Card

By Elliot Foster

Alexander Povetkin could fight in the UK soon after being offered the chance by Matchroom.

The WBA’s number one heavyweight contender, who is the official mandatory challenger to unified champion Anthony Joshua, may fight on the Londoner’s undercard on March 31.

Joshua puts his WBA ‘Super’, IBO and IBF titles on the line in a mouthwatering showdown against WBO champion Joseph Parker, of New Zealand, at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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And Povetkin, 38, may be awarded a spot on the bill before potentially challenging Joshua for the crowns.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said on Tuesday that the former Olympic champion’s promotional team, World of Boxing, have a healthy relationship with he and Matchroom and that there is a possibility that he could fight on the bill against a Brit.

Hearn went on to say that should ‘Sasha’ be confirmed as a name for the supporting cast of Joshua vs. Parker, his fight will be against a Brit.

Dereck Chisora and David Price have both been offered the fight, according to Hearn.

The Matchroom boss also revealed a few names as possibilities for the undercard –– as well as at least one certainty.

He told iFL TV: “We’re going to announce that early next week. A lot [of our fighters] are already in fights but there are lots waiting by like [Ryan] Burnett, [the WBA Super and IBF bantamweight world champion], [Anthony] Crolla and [Luke] Campbell.

“There’s one interesting one I’m working on at the moment that I can’t say too much about, I think Josh Kelly is going to be on the undercard, Joe Cordina, definitely, in a big title fight after last time, too.”

2016 Olympian Cordina featured at the Principality Stadium back in October on the undercard of Joshua’s title fight against Carlos Takam but failed to get on TV due to time constraints and, despite having trained for a title fight, ended up doing a four-round contest.

“We’re looking to have similar quality undercard to the Takam show,” Hearn added, “and a couple of world title fights would be great.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by _Rexy_ on 01-17-2018

[QUOTE=Chrismart;18415020]I feel that a lot of Eddie Hearn's target audience for his Joshua PPV's can be deemed as casual fans. So if Hearns were to get Povetkin on his card, the fans who will be buying a possible Joshua -…

Comment by Chrismart on 01-17-2018

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;18413884]curious question, but do english fighters really only follow english fighters? I don't know how UK fans wouldn't know the worlds top ranked HW fighter (title holders excluded) who fought Klitchko just a couple years ago.[/QUOTE] I feel that a…

Comment by caritafan on 01-17-2018

Joshua vs Wilder will be the biggest fight in boxing soon. Right before... and after their upcoming title defenses. Joshua vs Parker would be the 14th-20th biggest fight in boxing.

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 01-17-2018

[QUOTE=Pandur;18413863]Vitali's fight vs. Charr and Kevin Johnson was not live in America. They were showed on tape delay.[/QUOTE] Nobody said otherwise. [QUOTE]And no. The Shannon Briggs fight was NOT on ESPN.[/QUOTE] Yes it was. Live on ESPN3, slight delay on…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 01-17-2018

[QUOTE=Chrismart;18413348][b]Makes sense. Povetkin Vs Joshua is probably going to happen, so this way they give Povetkin some exposure to any UK fans who don't know him.[/b] Him Vs Chisora is probably a better fight than Price. Although i'd fully expect…

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