Anthony Joshua not ready for Deontay Willder insists Joseph Parker

Anthony Joshua celebrates with his belts after victory over Joseph Parker in their WBA IBF WBO and IBO Heavyweight Championship contest at the Principality Stadium Cardiff.- Anthony Joshua sets stage to unify division as he commits next two fights

Anthony Joshua celebrates with his belts after victory over Joseph Parker in their WBA IBF WBO and IBO Heavyweight Championship contest at the Principality Stadium Cardiff.- Anthony Joshua sets stage to unify division as he commits next two fights

"If it is Povetkin, it will be in September", claimed Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn, as he offered Wilder a shot in April after contract negotiations for a heavyweight unification fight continued to stall.

At this point, it appears to be a certainty that unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) will be facing his WBA mandatory, Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs), in his next bout.

The champion - who also holds the IBF and WBO belts - has held the WBA title since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2017. "After the fight with me he called [Deontay] Wilder out, but it seems to me he keeps changing his tone despite Wilder clearly wanting that fight".

As for where this battle would take place, Kornilov stated - "We haven't had a confirmation but there's still discussions on whether the fight will be in Russian Federation or over there (in the UK) but the date is set".

"It's embarrassing Deontay Wilder has 40 fights and fought the names he has".

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"He has scary one-punch knockout power".

Parker is now preparing at his Las Vegas training base for a clash with the rough and ready Dillian Whyte at London's 02 Arena on July 28. "He wants to get a championship fight again, no matter what happens he's always said, 'If not Joshua, then I'll fight somebody else for the title'". But the great news for fight fans is that the fight's still there, the contract is still there on the desk, all they've got to do is sign it.

It will be his first fight since the loss to Joshua.

Parker, who took a conservative approach against Joshua, did not look to be any trouble and he told RadioLIVE he was never hurt in the fight but said he does respect the former Olympic champion's power.

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