Anthony Joshua will stage his next two fights at Wembley Stadium, Matchroom confirmed on Thursday. The heavyweight unified champion will return to Wembley for the first since time on September 22 since his record sell-out against Wladimir Klitschko last year. Joshua will fight Alexander Povetkin on that date before fighting again at Wembley on April 12 next year.
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Talks between AJ and Wilder broke down last month, before the WBA ordered Joshua to fight his mandatory Povetkin. ‘I am returning to Wembley after two mega fights in Cardiff,’ said Joshua. Joshua vs Klitschko sold 90,000 tickets (Picture: Getty) Joshua will fight his next two bouts at Wembley (Picture: Getty) ‘I want to thank the supporters from Wales and Great Britain and also the people of London for patiently awaiting my return. ‘Being north London born and raised it is in my blood.
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. Wembley just added a fourth lion to the den.’ Joshua fought his last two bouts in front of 75,000 people at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, but now has the chance to return to his backyard. Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua Wins 22 Fights 22 By KO 21 Losses 0 (Picture: Getty) Matchroom were allowed to seat 90,000 people for Joshua’s clash with Klitschko in April 2017 and Hearn will be hoping to repeat the feat in September and April. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan played a key role in helping Hearn reach his capacity target. ‘That incredible night last year when Anthony Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in front of a record crowd will go down as one of our city’s greatest sporting events,’ Khan said. Joshua will fight Alexander Povetkin in September
‘I am absolutely delighted that Wembley is set to host these next two chapters of AJ’s remarkable career. ‘We have once again worked closely with Transport for London to make sure this can happen and to allow for tens of thousands of boxing fans to travel to Wembley Stadium for the fights. ‘I have pledged to bring the biggest bouts in world boxing to London and these epic showdowns will cement London’s reputation as the best city in the world for top-class sport.’
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