Hearn: Povetkin Extremely Dangerous, AJ Will Make a Statement

As previously reported on, Anthony Joshua will defend his World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organization, International Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation heavyweight titles against Russia's Alexander Povetkin at London's Wembley Stadium on September 22.

Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for Joshua's WBA title and a successful bout against the Russian would give the London 2012 Olympic champion greater freedom to choose his next opponent.

Joshua had been hoping to fight fellow unbeaten heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who holds the World Boxing Council belt, but he could yet face the American in April 2019.


Joshua, 28, won his first world title in 2016 and has made five defences, taking his record to 21-0 with 20 knockouts.

Meanwhile Povetkin, 38, knocked out David Price on the undercard of Joshua's victory over Parker. He previously fought for the titles Joshua now holds in a 2013 defeat by Wladimir Klitschko.

That was the last time where Povetkin, also an Olympic gold medal winner, tasted defeat.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn added: "Last time (Joshua) was there (at Wembley against Klitschko, in April 2017) 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 and I think we will see a major statement."

Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy commented and he believes his boxer has a very strong chance for the upset: “The fight between Joshua and Povetkin is one of the biggest fights that can happen in the heavyweight division today! This is a colossal battle of two Olympic champions and it is sure to be an unforgettable night of boxing. I am delighted that Alexander is getting his chance to not only become a world champion again, but to challenge for the throne of the super-heavyweight division.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by thabanga510 on 07-17-2018

If Ortiz was an old man so is Povetkin. Hearn is trying to sale Povetkin as a viable opponent after ducking Wilder. More than likely someone will test positive and the fight will not happen.

Comment by Oshio on 07-17-2018

[QUOTE=Akutalee;18944627]Stop saying what you don’t know Ortiz also cheat but wilder still took the fight after beating Stiverne so why didn’t his promoter fight Povetkin or make parker an offer to unify .. wilder just trying to us Joshua’s name…

Comment by NearHypnos on 07-17-2018

[QUOTE=Curt Henning;18943427]hes not better than ortiz and wilder already tried to fight povetkin...but povetkin got shook and tried to cheat[/QUOTE] Ortiz would be lucky to have Pedvetkins career. :/

Comment by MDPopescu on 07-17-2018

... David Price almost stopped Povetkin... ... on another note: just who is Wilder fighting next?... (that Wilder who exposed AJ)...

Comment by P4Pdunny on 07-17-2018

[QUOTE=Curt Henning;18943412]povetkin aint dangerous hes like 38 and got the crap kicked out of him by huck like 6 years ago at this stage parker is prob more dangerous...and he could barely get to AJ with anything that had anything…

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