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By: Team Red Zone 2 weeks ago

Anthony Joshua is ‘very likely’ to clash with either Deontay Wilder or Alexander Povetkin in his next fight, according to promoter Eddie Hearn. Joshua claimed another emphatic victory when he beat Joseph Parker by majority decision last weekend, and is now undefeated in 21 fights.

It seems that even months before Anthony Joshua’s fight with Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, boxing fans were already looking ahead to the heavyweight’s future bouts. Joshua gave a measured performance to find a way around his New Zealand opponent, with Parker making AJ go the distance for the first time in his career. Following the fight, fans already began hyping a future clash between Joshua and current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, yet it seems over the course of the last week, another contender has emerged in the form of Russian Alexander Povetkin.

Povetkin claimed a knockout victory over David Price on Anthony Joshua’s undercard, and promoter Eddie Hearn is not ruling out a potential clash between AJ and Sasha.

“The WBA called the mandatory yesterday for AJ to face Povetkin next.” said Hearn

“We have a 30 day window to negotiate – at this stage it means it’s very likely Anthony’s next fight will be between Wilder or Povetkin.”

Povetkin’s promoters tweeted: “Povetkin is now a mandatory contender of Anthony Joshua. He was appointed by WBA.

“Now there are 150 days to arrange the fight, it must take place. Before the fight with Sasha, Joshua has no right to fight with anybody else. We have 30 days to negotiate.”

“Now there are 150 days to arrange the fight, it must take place. Before the fight with Sasha, Joshua has no right to fight with anybody else. We have 30 days to negotiate.”

AJ v Povetkin is certainly a mouthwatering prospect; however, Joshua has suggested on numerous occasions that he would like to unify each of the four heavyweight division belts. With Joshua currently in possession of three of these belts, the 28-year-old surely has his sights set on Deontay Wilder.

Shelley Fnkel – a representative of Wilder said: “The deal was 50-50 [between Joshua and Wladimir] Klitschko. The [Wilder] fight should be bigger than Klitschko.

“We already said we would accept less than Klitschko. The fight with Parker was 33 [per cent to Parker].

“This is way bigger and Deontay is way bigger than Parker. We said we would take 40.

“Hopefully [Friday], we’ll have an offer from them, because that’s what he’s said he’s doing.”

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