Anthony Joshua Says No To Deontay Wilder Fight; Povetkin Up Next (Video)
A heavyweight unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder in 2018 looks to now be off the table with Joshua moving on to his WBA mandatory Alexander Povetkin.
Speaking to Sky Sports, WBA president Gilbert Mendoza is ordering that Joshua fight come to terms with Povetkin, or face being stripped, after giving him a month to make a decision on fighting Wilder.
“The WBA have allowed over a month extension to negotiations with Povetkin and also ongoing discussions with Deontay Wilder.
”It appears the Wilder team have not returned the contract for the fight and therefore we are requesting a date for the Joshua versus Povetkin fight with immediate effect.”
Joshua now has 24 hours to come to terms with Povetkin or risk being stripped of the WBA title.
Wilder, and members of his team maintain they accepted Matchroom Boxing’s latest flat-rate offer of $15M to make the fight happen. Hearn maintains Wilder’s team is playing games and drawing out negotiations. Joshua has been largely silent on the negotiations as of late.
Wilder recently sat down with BehindTheGloves.com to discuss the negotiations with Hearn, plus personal conversations he’s had directly with Joshua. To see the in-depth interview, click below.