WSMFC64 Posted June 26, 2018 Share Posted June 26, 2018 (edited) Anthony Joshua's potential fight with Deontay Wilder to decide the undisputed heavyweight champion looks unlikely to happen this year after the WBA gave the Brit 24 hours to make his fight with Alexander Povetkin. AJ and Wilder have looked on a collision course for quite some time and when Joshua beat Joseph Parker to win the WBO title in March it meant between him and the 'Bronze Bomber' they had all of the heavyweight divisions major titles. That means a fight between the pair would be to decide the undisputed heavyweight king, a rarity in the sport. Both sides have talked about a deal being done but that now seems dead in water, for the rest of the year, with Joshua being ordered by the WBA to defend that title against number one contender Alexander Povetkin. The World Boxing Association had given AJ and Eddie Hearn an extra month to negotiate with Wilder but with that time up the Brits now only have 24 hours to come to terms with Povetkin. In a statement WBA president Gilberto Mendoza said, "Today the WBA requested an answer from Anthony Joshua's team regarding his fight with the mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. The fight with Povetkin puts paid to the Wilder fight for now, with the American no doubt likely to use this as further proof that Joshua is scared of him, but it opens the chances up for a summer fight next year. We just hope that Wilder and Joshua isn't one of those fights that for some reason never happens. For now though the 2012 Olympic champion can't look past Povetkin. Source: BBC Sports Edited June 26, 2018 by WSMFC64 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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