A world heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin. The Russian is the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBA title and the Briton will defending his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO belts when the two fighters meet.
When is it?
Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Where is it?
Wembley Stadium (London). Joshua last fought at Wembley when stopping Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017.
What TV channel will it be on?
The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring – the end of March feels a long time ago now. Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for. He has serious pedigree and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table.
“It’s not the height of the man, it’s the fight of the man. He’s fought people like me all his life. He’s used to tall guys. He knows how to slip and throw punches, so I’ve got to make sure I give him no gaps or openings. It’s not the height that’s the issue – it’s how willing and determined he is.”
“The battle for the World title has always been my goal. I fought for the moment to face the strongest in the world and on September 22 I get my opportunity. Anthony Joshua has four belts and I want them all. I’m glad that our fight will finally take place, the meeting of two Olympic champions in the ring is destined to be a breath-taking event.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn:
“I can’t wait to return to Wembley for what I believe will be one of the biggest tests of AJ’s career. Last time he was there he produced one of the most dramatic fights and endings in the history of the sport and I expect this fight to be full of energy and drama.
“Povetkin is a top-three heavyweight and extremely dangerous but in AJ I see the best heavyweight in the world today and I think we will see a major statement.”
“Most definitely he (Joshua) could have gotten an exemption for this (Povetkin) fight. That was the least of the worries right there because everyone wants it. When everyone wants it, then there’s nothing that could stand in the way of a fight of this magnitude. No possible way.
“Even when he’s announcing Povetkin, they’re talking about me. Everywhere we go, they’re talking about this fight.
“At the end of the day, me and Joshua don’t need each other. Not to survive and live. We’ve been doing that before we even met each other, and we’re going to do that after we’ve met each other.
“But for this fight to happen – for fans to see one of the biggest fights in world history and to see one champion, one face, one name – we definitely need each other.”