How to watch the Anthony Joshua fight tonight

The venue and date of Joshua's next fight have always been determined - Wembley Stadium, April 13 - but the opponent is still unclear.

"Joshua is a player in this game, the one stepping up and taking on great fighters", said Hearn.

Joshua comes into Saturday's contest having won all 21 of his professional bouts, although his last fight, against New Zealand's Joseph Parker in Cardiff in March, saw him go the distance for the first time as a pro before he secured a unanimous points decision.

Previously convicted for his doping offences, many had felt it would be something of an aberration had the Russian fighter claimed the win on the night.

However, it was anything but a procession as Povetkin immediately caught Joshua on the nose as he prowled the ring with the composure of a champion. Knocking the Russian initially, Povetkin made it up within the count, but not for too long.

On Friday, it was announced Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury are fighting Dec.1. Let's ask the question, I have no mandatories, ' he said.

"That fear of losing is always there", Joshua, the International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation champion, told reporters at Wembley. But before getting that superfight against Wilder, Joshua will have to get past Povetkin.

"And I'm expecting the same type of fight because..."

'Wilder is my number one choice but I am done talking now'. Either way, Joshua is scheduled to have another fight at Wembley Stadium on April 13, 2019, but the opponent has not been decided. I think we've both got a big heart and can dig deep.

Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), 32, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, had hoped to meet Joshua this fall for the undisputed heavyweight world championship, and he had accepted a $15 million flat fee to travel to the United Kingdom to face him. 'We both did a lot of talking, I'm here now, I found my right hand and I'm lining up for April 13.