Joshua vs. Povetkin: Chris Kongo, John Docherty Added

By Elliot Foster

Chris Kongo and John Docherty could get an opportunity to shine this weekend.

The pair have been added to the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s next world title defence.

Joshua defends his WBA Super, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles against his mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on Saturday.


And both Kongo and Docherty are likely to get on early in the night at Wembley Stadium, as part of the Sky Sports Box Office-aired card.

Kongo (9-0, 5 KOs) is 25 and has a ring record of 9-0 with five early. He was last in action at the end of June at York Hall when he knocked out Arvydas Trizno and gets the chance to shine under the bright lights of the national stadium, just a week before his scheduled return to the famous Bethnal Green venue, and is set to take on Frenchman Salim Benrejeb over four rounds.

Docherty, meanwhile, had been gearing up to make his bow in the paid code in three weeks’ time in Newcastle.

But the Scottish Commonwealth Games silver medallist, who was announced on the October 13 undercard of Lewis Ritson’s vacant European lightweight title clash against Francesco Patera at the Metro Radio Arena, is likely to get the first one under his belt sooner than expected after being afforded the chance to box on the Joshua-Povetkin undercard.

The duo will be joined on the bill by Olympic silver medallist Shakhram Giyasov and undefeated London light-heavyweight Dana Zaxo.

David Price bids to get his career back on track when he challenges fearsome Russian Sergey Kuzmin for the WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title, while Matty Askin puts his British cruiserweight title on the line against former Commonwealth king Lawrence Okolie and Luke Campbell takes on Yvan Mendy in a lightweight rematch which doubles up as a final eliminator for Mikey Garcia’s WBC world title.

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