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'Fourth Lion' Joshua set to face Povetkin on return to Wembley


By Declan Warrington

Anthony Joshua is next week expected to announce he will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against Russia's Alexander Povetkin.

It was yesterday revealed that he will return to Wembley Stadium , where last April he stopped Wladimir Klitschko, for his next two fights on September 22 and on April 13.

Negotiations for a unification fight with America's WBC champion Deontay Wilder have proved unsuccessful, contributing to Joshua nearing an agreement to fight Povetkin, the mandatory challenger to his WBA title.

September's bout will be his first at Wembley since he enjoyed his finest hour against Klitschko, when he dramatically established himself as the world's leading heavyweight.

The 28-year-old has since fought twice at Cardiff's Principality Stadium, defeating Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker, when on the undercard Povetkin stopped David Price.

The 38-year-old Povetkin has previously fought for all three titles, experiencing his only defeat when being outpointed by Klitschko in October 2013.

"The opportunity to fight in such an iconic stadium is normally a once-in-a-career opportunity, so to be given the chance to fight there again is amazing," said Joshua. "Wembley just added a fourth Lion to the den."

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