Anthony Joshua can't escape talk of Deontay Wilder


Anthony Joshua can't escape talk of Deontay Wilder

This follows parent company Perform Group's $1 billion joint venture with Matchroom Boxing, one of the world's leading boxing promoters, and a nine-figure multiyear global distribution agreement with Bellator MMA, the combat sports franchise owned by Viacom.

"I defend my titles in the ring, I'm dedicated, and I just won't tolerate it outside the ring either".

"People should never underestimate a fighter if he doesn't have a big social media fanbase". I've done it with greater champions than him.

Hearn said the fight card between Joshua and Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in London will be followed by an October 6 card from Chicago featuring Jesse Vargas and women's fighter Katie Taylor, and an October 20 card in Los Angeles headlined by super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman. We were trying to get the deal done, as you can see. "The world champ - that's me".

"I feel like, right now, I'm back in a tournament stage, where I have to get through Povetkin and I have to get through Wilder and I have to get through who's next in order to create this legacy", he added.

Anthony Joshua Alexander Povetkin
GETTY Anthony Joshua defends his titles against Alexander Povetkin

"He's used to tall guys". I think, you know, it's probably the two best guys, maybe pound-for-pound, meeting each other in the ring.

As for Povetkin. Joshua says he's planning on destroying him in as brutal of a way as possible. especially coming off the heels of a widely panned (and boring) fight against Joseph Parker. "I can't judge what a man does to another man".

"People are attaching names to names but don't back it up", he said. Wilder is more than welcome on this gravy train - he's not off the table, he's still a priority. We were serious about the fight the whole way through and that's the most frustrating part about it. Povetkin became a priority when the WBA said: "This is your mandatory challenger". He loves sport and is a fan of mine who gives me much help.' Hmmm.

"My side has been signed".

Both fighters have signed up to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association's (VADA) programme ahead of their September 22 date at Wembley Stadium and have already been tested twice, but questions persist over whether Povetkin should be given such an opportunity. At today's event, Hearn announced the signings of WBO super lightweight titlist Maurice Hooker, WBA super bantamweight titlist Daniel Roman and several promising American amateurs to Matchroom U.S.A.