Joshua will return September 22 likely against WBA mandatory Alexander Povetkin.
An official announcement is expected to be made next week on Povetkin being the first opponent.
The second fight will take place April 13 against an opponent to be determined. Hearn mentioned he hopes it’s against WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Both fights will take place at Wembley Stadium.
Joshua had this to say in a press release:
I’m a returning to Wembley after two mega-fights in Cardiff. 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 being given the chance to fight there again is amazing. Wembley just added a fourth lion to the den.
Say what you want about the failed negotiations between him and Wilder, but there is no denying he’s a major draw and superstar in boxing.
By: Jerrell Fletcher