Joshua Throws Down Gauntlet To Wilder

Joshua Throws Down Gauntlet To Wilder

Anthony Joshua has set his sights on facing Deontay Wilder in his next fight following his knockout victory over Alexander Povetkin.

The British heavyweight successfully defended his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO world titles after stopping Povetkin in the seventh round of Saturday’s fight at Wembley Stadium after twice sending him to the canvas.

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Joshua now boasts an unblemished record of 22 wins from his 22 professional fights and was understandably delighted to have returned to his devastating best after being taken the distance for the first time in his career by Joseph Parker earlier this year.

“I got my knockout streak back,” Joshua told Sky Sports after beating Povetkin. “I found my right hand which had gone missing for a while.”

The 28-year-old’s next scheduled fight will once again be at Wembley on April 13 next year and he has revealed his preferred opponent for that bout will be WBC titleholder Wilder in what would be a unification showdown.

“April 13 is what I’m really interested in,” Joshua added. “My No 1 would be Wilder. That’s it. Let me not talk about No 2 or No 3. Wilder, that’s it.”

Wilder has also won all of his professional fights but before he can think about facing Joshua he must first take on another Brit in the form of Tyson Fury, as those two fighters have agreed to clash in December.

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