If Anthony Joshua had a choice, one of Alexander Povetkin's promoters is certain he wouldn't have picked Povetkin as his next opponent.
Joshua puts his WBA, IBF and WBO titles on the line against Povetkin on 22nd September at Wembley Stadium in London.
It is expected that the battle Joshua and Wilder can go to Wembley on 13 April 2019.
But Povetkin has gained a reputation as a drug cheat after two arranged fights fell through after he failed tests.
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"I've booked that date there for Wilder", Joshua stated. I've done it with champions; Martin, Parker, Klitschko and with world title challengers: Eric Molina, Takam, Povetkin.
"I defend my titles in the ring time and time again".
"I am not the lawmaker on that stuff".
Anthony Joshua tells TMZ Sports he's not planning on losing his upcoming bout against Alexander Povetkin - but even if he did, it wouldn't affect his plans for a SUPER FIGHT with Deontay Wilder. I prefer to work hard and stay clean and do the best I can in every fight'.
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"Weigh it up; doping, being banned, legacy damaged".
"Now it's more, I know I'm good at this". His past is his and past and they dealt with it however they did, if i got done for doping - it would never happen - then they would deal with me.
However, Povetkin is adamant he did nothing wrong on either occasion and therefore shouldn't be regarded with suspicion when he faces Joshua.
I have to get past people like Povetkin to fulfil my legacy. I have been justified.
He said: "For me it was very, very suspicious".
"This isn't about one fight that defines me, this is about my whole career". "For the fans it's an opportunity for them to get what they want in a low-priced environment where we don't need coaxial cable or have to launch satellites". A couple of tests before I was caught were clean. Then what did I do? "I think he's going to win that fight quite easy".
"Does is sound realistic to you?" I don't know how people will see me in the fight but I am sure there will be many respecting me and rooting for me'. "When you get DAZN, you'll get all the fights; we won't stash our best matchups for pay-per-view, linear TV or a higher-tier package". From his perspective, after making a meteoric rise in recent years to become the sport's biggest global star, wasting time with words is below him.
"I don't think that our sportsmen in Russian Federation consume all those things (drugs) they are accused of".
"It's a bit annoying to be honest".