Eddie Hearn revealed Anthony Joshua’s next fight is likely to be Deontay Wilder
The 28-year-old has a number of options on the table after defeating Joseph Parker in March to become the unified WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion.
Russian WBA mandatory Povetkin is the most likely candidate should Joshua’s negotiations with WBC king Wilder fall through, but Matchroom head honcho Hearn revealed that talks were ongoing between the two teams.
“The major thing for AJ is planning his next fight, I was just on the phone to him a minute ago, we’re meeting up this week,” Hearn told talkSPORT’s Fight Night podcast.
Joshua is believed to favour a fight in the UK next over the US
“We have to start making some decisions. We know the fights that are on the table.
“Conversations are ongoing with Wilder, AJ really wants to fight in the UK next but obviously it is a big opportunity to fight Wilder in America and it is something we are considering strongly.
“It’s just a case really of taking our time and making the right decisions. We know we have got a great opportunity to try and become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and he would love to do it in the UK but we have had an offer that is of interest to us.
“We have to explore it more, which we have been doing over the last week or so. The communication is back-and-forth, which is good news.
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“We are talking regularly, they are answering our questions now and I’m hopeful that fight can get over the line.
“If it’s in the UK, it will be in September and if it is in Vegas or New York it will probably be more like November.
“I think it will be his next one.”
American Jarrell Miller is currently third-favourite, having been tipped to face AJ in the States to help build the Brit’s profile abroad.
But with AJ’s window of opportunity running out to become the undisputed king of the division, the 29-year-old might be forced to take a back seat.