Anthony Joshua to defend his world heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin

The 28-year-old unified the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles with a unanimous points win over New Zealander Joseph Parker in March.

Unbeaten in 21 professional bouts, he now faces 38-year-old Povetkin, the WBA champion from 2011-2013.The 28-year-old unified the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles with a unanimous points win over New Zealander Joseph Parker in March.

The experienced Russian has suffered only one defeat since his professional debut in 2005, losing by unanimous decision to Wladimir Klitschko in Moscow in 2013.

It will be a meeting of two former Olympic champions, Povetkin taking super-heavyweight gold at the 2004 Athens Games and Joshua the same title at London 2012.

Povetkin knocked out Britain’s Price with a left hook in the fifth round at Wembley and said of his next challenge: “Anthony Joshua has four belts and I want them all.”

The Russian was banned in March 2017 after failing a second drug test in a year but was cleared to resume fighting nine months later.

He is the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBA title. Fighting him means the Briton is likely to have greater freedom in selecting his next opponent.

Unbeaten WBC champion Deontay Wilder has offered Joshua $50m (£37.2m) to fight in the United States, but the Joshua camp wants the bout on home soil.

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