Despite negotiations continuing between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, Alexander Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinsky expects that his fighter will be the one facing Joshua next.
Povetkin (34-1, 24 KO) is the mandatory challenger for the WBA title, one of the three belts held by Joshua (21-0, 20 KO).
“Negotiations with Eddie are going good. We have worked together before and feel that have a good enough relationship to handle things in a partner like manner. In the next week we hope to be able to provide more information on the location of the fight and the date. I think that Joshua will follow his obligations with the WBA and perform his mandatory against Povetkin.”
As we’ve said before, it’s certainly not that Joshua-Povetkin is a bad fight. It would pit arguably the No. 1 and No. 3 heavyweight in the world today. It’s just that Joshua against Wilder (40-0, 39 KO) is an even bigger, more intriguing fight, and by quite a bit.
That said, the Joshua-Wilder dream certainly isn’t dead yet, not until it’s actually announced that Povetkin is next. So keep on hoping, it can’t hurt anything.