Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua signs Wembley Stadium deal for September and April fights

AJ'S COMING HOME

The Londoner will return to the scene of his greatest triumph

Anthony Joshua’s next two fights will be staged at Wembley Stadium on September 22 and April 13, it has been confirmed.

The national stadium was the scene of the heavyweight world champion’s greatest triumph – his thrilling knockout victory over Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017.

Anthony Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in 2017

Anthony Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in 2017

The WBA, IBF and WBO belt holder has since fought twice at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, but has now signed a deal to return to Wembley.

“Being north London born and raised, it is in my blood,” said Joshua.

“The opportunity to fight in such an iconic stadium is normally a once in career opportunity, so to be given the chance to fight there again is amazing.

“Wembley just added a fourth lion to the den.”

Joshua has a history of selling out huge fights with the 28-year-old setting a post-war attendance record of 90,000 at Wembley for his 11th-round stoppage of Klitschko.

He went on to sell out the 75,000 capacity Principality Stadium in Cardiff in his next two fights, defending his belts against Carlos Takam in October 2017 before unifying the division by taking Joseph Parker’s WBO belt in March this year.

Joshua is expected to face Alexander Povetkin on September 22, after being ordered by the WBA to sign for a mandatory title defence against the Russian.

His promoter, Eddie Hearn, will then be looking at a huge showdown with Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, on April 13.

Wilder has made a series of public outbursts towards Hearn and Joshua and has demanded a 50/50 split to get the fight made.

But Hearn remains hopeful of getting a deal done, and is targeting a record Wembley capacity in 2019.

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