Anthony Joshua is set to fight Alexander Povetkin instead of Deontay Wilder in September, claims Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn

ANTHONY JOSHUA is set to fight Alexander Povetkin in September – which can delay his conflict with Deontay Wilder till 2019.

It was hoped that IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua would face WBC king Wilder for all of the belts earlier than the yr was out.

 Anthony Joshua is the current WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion

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Anthony Joshua is the present WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion
 WBA mandatory Alexander Povetkin looks likely to be Joshua's next opponent

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WBA obligatory Alexander Povetkin seems probably to be Joshua's subsequent opponent

Nevertheless it now appears as if their extremely anticipated showdown could have to wait till February on the earliest.

Instead, AJ will tackle obligatory challenger Povetkin in September earlier than turning his consideration to an enormous-cash fight with Wilder.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn stated: “In the intervening time, we’re preventing Povetkin.

“We would like to fight in September however September doesn't work with Wilder as a result of of [his broadcaster] Showtime.

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 AJ is desperate to face WBC king Deontay Wilder to become to become the first undisputed heavyweight champ since Lennox Lewis

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AJ is determined to face WBC king Deontay Wilder to grow to be to turn into the primary undisputed heavyweight champ since Lennox Lewis
 Eddie Hearn believes AJ is more likely to face Russian Povetkin in September rather than Wilder

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Eddie Hearn believes AJ is extra possible to face Russian Povetkin in September somewhat than Wilder

“All I can is that I feel the Wilder fight will get signed nevertheless it's whether or not we fight Povetkin first.

“If Povetkin is September then Wilder in all probability gained't occur till February.

“That might imply we might in all probability go to Cardiff to fight Wilder.”

Hearn additionally revealed that Joshua will tackle Povetkin in a stadium with FOUR venues at present in the operating to stage the conflict.

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He added: “For September, Wembley is doubtless and so is the Olympic Stadium or Twickenham.

“The fight might be on the fifteenth or the twenty second of September however there is additionally the eighth which is obtainable at Previous Trafford.”

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ANTHONY JOSHUA is set to fight Alexander Povetkin in September – which can delay his conflict with Deontay Wilder till 2019.

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