Joshua currently holds three of the four world heavyweight titles
Friday, June 1, 2018
Anthony Joshua’s will fight his next opponent in September, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
The IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles holder last fought in his points victory over Joseph Parker in March.
‘AJ’ as he is known by his fans has expressed his desire to unify all the world heavyweight titles and a win over Deontay Wilder would see the British fighter claim the WBC title and complete the collection.
But also waiting in the wings is Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin.
And Hearn said an announcement on who Joshua will fight next will come “within the next week or two”.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s James Savundra, Hearn said: “He [Joshua] will box in September. Wilder has got two options. He can agree to fight Joshua in September or in December or February.
“He wants to box in the UK next. We’ve extended that offer to Wilder.
“Everything is good in terms of the spirit between the two camps. We’re talking. Povetkin is ready to go so we have to make our move shortly. I reckon in the next week or two we’ll be looking to make a decision.
“We need to decide whether it’s Wilder or Povetkin next because the clock is ticking and Joshua is ready to get back in camp and defend his title.
“An announcement on the next Joshua fight is coming within the next week or two.”
It was rumoured that Wilder’s camp had pitched the idea of a Joshua v Wilder bout to take place in the USA.
However, Hearn said that AJ’s next fight would happen in the UK but did not disclose whether it would be in London, Cardiff or elsewhere.
Hearn added: “The next fight will definitely be in the UK. That was a decision made by AJ and Rob McCracken. We believe we’ve built something very special with great crowds and great atmosphere and we want to continue that.
“The next one could be in London but Cardiff is still an option.”