Date: 11th April 2018 at 11:54am
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After seeing off the challenge of Joseph Parker, in Cardiff recently the world is clamouring for Anthony Joshua to face Deontay Wilder next.

The fight would produce a unified and an undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, something that could be only beneficial to the sport.

However, as can often be the case when it comes to boxing, politics could play a major part and thwart all those plans.

It appears that the WBA, keen to promote their belt, have ordered their champion, Joshua, to commence negotiations for a mandatory defence against the Russian fighter, Alexander Povetkin, who recently knocked out David Price on the same Cardiff bill where Joshua snatched the WBO belt off Joseph Parker.

But the WBA move isn?t something that has been welcomed by Joshua with the multi-belt champion being quoted by the media as having remarked,

‘I’d rather fight Wilder so if Povetkin can wait some time in 2019, that would be ideal.

‘This is the issue when you hold more than one belt.

‘You have to abide by each of the governing bodies’ rules.

‘Some people would prefer there be one belt and one heavyweight champion. That is what we are working towards, wanting to fight Wilder.

‘But each belt comes with eliminators and who you have to fight next, and Povetkin is one of them.

‘Hopefully he can be patient but, if not, I don’t think it would make sense giving up this belt so if I have to fight Povetkin then so be it.’

Will we get the unification fight we crave between Joshua and Wilder, or are the WBA set to throw the proverbial spanner in the works?

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