Anthony Joshua told to sort out WBA mandatory title defence against Alexander Povetkin in next 30 days

ANTHONY JOSHUA has been ordered to sort out phrases to battle Alexander Povetkin inside the next 30 days.

The controversial Russian, 38, beat David Worth on the undercard for AJ's win over Joseph Parker and has since been confirmed because the WBA mandatory's challenger.

 Anthony Joshua has been told he must fight Alexander Povetkin if he wants to keep his WBA belt

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Anthony Joshua has been told he should struggle Alexander Povetkin if he needs to maintain his WBA belt

Joshua gained the WBA title with beautiful conquer Wladimir Klitschko a yr in the past as he climbed off the canvas to cease the Ukrainian in the eleventh spherical at Wembley.

The World Boxing Affiliation have now told Joshua to negotiate a defence against Povetkin if he needs to maintain his title.

AJ's promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports activities Information: "The WBA referred to as the mandatory yesterday for AJ to face Povetkin next.

"We’ve a 30 day window to negotiate – at this stage it means it's very probably Anthony's next battle shall be between Deontay Wilder or Povetkin.”

 Alexander Povetkin with his WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International heavyweight belts after his win over David Price

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Alexander Povetkin together with his WBA Inter-Continental and WBO Worldwide heavyweight belts after his win over David Worth
 Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for the WBA title... but the Russian wants all four of AJ's belts

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Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for the WBA title… however the Russian needs all 4 of AJ's belts

Povetkin secured his place as primary mandatory for Joshua’s WBA 'tremendous' belt together with his brutal knockout of Worth final weekend that left the Liverpool fighter needing forty two stitches.

A member of Povetkin’s promotional group stated: "Povetkin is now a mandatory contender of Anthony Joshua. He was appointed by WBA.

"Now there are one hundred fifty days to organize the battle, it should happen. Earlier than the struggle with Sasha, Joshua has no proper to struggle with anyone else. We now have 30 days to negotiate."

 Povetkin knocks out David Price in the fifth round of their Cardiff fight on Saturday

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Povetkin knocks out David Worth in the fifth spherical of their Cardiff struggle on Saturday

Vadim Kornilov, who works with Povetkin’s World Boxing promotional group, believes the struggle might happen in Russia.

He stated: "It will, relying on the timing, refill the brand new [81,000-seater] Luzhniki Stadium – a soccer stadium.

"That's a location with sufficient magnitude for one of these struggle."

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ANTHONY JOSHUA has been ordered to sort out phrases to battle Alexander Povetkin inside the next 30 days.

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