- Alexander Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s WBA title
- Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has made Deontay Wilder a huge financial offer
- Vadim Kornilov claims the chance of Povetkin taking on Joshua are ‘very high’
- Russian promoter thinks his man has the experience to beat the undefeated star
Anthony Joshua‘s dream unification fight with Deontay Wilder could be in doubt after Alexander Povetkin’s promoter claimed they were close to agreeing a shot at the Brit’s WBA world heavyweight title.
As revealed by Sportsmail last week, Joshua wants to face WBC champion Wilder at Wembley in September as part of a two-bout arrangement.
But promoter Vadim Kornilov insists talks with Joshua’s camp are ongoing and that there is a ‘very high’ chance Povetkin will face the Brit later this year.
Anthony Joshua poses with his IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world titles after beating Joseph Parker
Alexander Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for the WBA belt after beating David Price
He told boxingscene.com: ‘Right now the negotiations have being initiated, and I think that within a week everything will be clear.
‘The chances for a fight to happen are very high. Alexander really wants this fight, we’ll do everything to make it, and Joshua, I think, will not have options to avoid the fight.’
Povetkin was named as the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBA strap following his brutal knockout of David Price on the undercard of the champion’s win over Joseph Parker in Cardiff last month.
And Kornilov believes his man has the experience to shock Joshua, who remains undefeated in his 21 professional bouts.
He added: ‘Right now Alexander is not even thing about fighting anyone else.
‘Alexander is one of the most experienced fighters in this weight class. Alexander has faced a lot more experienced opponents than Joshua.
Joshua’s camp are in talks with WBC champion Deontay Wilder over a unification fight this year
Joshua defeated Parker on points in Cardiff to extend his unbeaten run of fights to 21
‘Povetkin is a top-level fighter who does not need any more experience, he just needs one more opportunity to show what he can do.’
Last week Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, revealed that the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO champion was fully focused on securing a showdown with Wilder and unifying the heavyweight division.
Hearn has offered Wilder more than five times his biggest ever purse, with talks over a two-fight deal currently ongoing.