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Joshua ordered by WBA to fight Povetkin and ditch Wilder

first_imgBicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Spain concerned with defensive mistakes at World Cup Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A Joshua-Povetkin fight this year would push Wilder to next year.The WBA originally gave the promoters of Joshua and Povetkin until May 5 to reach an agreement then extended it.Povetkin (34-1, 24 KO) became the WBA mandatory challenger last December when he beat Christian Hammer of Romania by unanimous decision. He enhanced his record in March by knocking out David Price of England in the fifth round on the undercard of the Joshua-Parker fight in Cardiff.Povetkin held the WBA “regular” title from 2011 to 2013, when he suffered his only loss in a unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision.ADVERTISEMENT FILE- In this file photo dated Saturday, March 31, 2018, Britain’s Anthony Joshua celebrates after his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Championship title bout against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua was given a 24-hour deadline on Tuesday june 26, 2018, to sign a deal to fight Russian contender Alexander Povetkin or face being stripped of the WBA portion of his world heavyweight boxing titles. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)LONDON — Anthony Joshua was given a 24-hour deadline on Tuesday to sign a deal to fight Alexander Povetkin or face being stripped of the WBA portion of his world heavyweight boxing titles.Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, indicated he was close to agreeing on a unification bout with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, but the American’s team claim to be holding out for “clarifications.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The WBA has lost patience and want him to fight its mandatory challenger from Russia.WBA president Gilberto Mendoza said in a statement: “The WBA have allowed over a month extension to negotiations with Povetkin and also ongoing discussions with Deontay Wilder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“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.”There seems no choice for Joshua (21-0, 20 KO), who holds three of the big four heavyweight titles and can’t afford to relinquish one in his bid to become the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000. His WBA and IBF belts were joined by the WBO version he relieved from Joseph Parker in March. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img

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