World Boxing Association (WBA), has ordered Anthony Joshua to within 30 days negotiate a mandatory title defence against Russian fighter, Alexander Povetkin.
Joshua who now holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles will have to defend the WBA title against Alexander Povetkin who knocked out David Price in the Joshua, Parker Unification bout undercard.
Confirming the Joshua Povetkin fight,Anthony Joshua promoter, Eddie Hearn said. : “The WBA called the mandatory yesterday for AJ to face Povetkin next.
“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 World of Boxing posted on Twitter: “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.”
Vadim Kornilov, who heads Povetkin’s promotional team, believes a fight could be staged in Russia.
“It would, depending on the timing, fill up the new 81,000 seaters Luzhniki Stadium – a football stadium,” he said. “That’s a location with enough magnitude for this type of fight.”
Joshua’s ultimate goal is to unify all four major belts with Deontay Wilder, an occasion that would take precedence over his mandatory obligations.