Daniel Dubois gives two reasons why Anthony Joshua might fight Povetkin before Wilder

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Boxing fans are hoping that one of the most highly anticipated fights in the sport of boxing of Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder takes place later this year.

When they do meet, Joshua will likely put his WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight titles on the line, while Wilder will be defending his WBC championship.

However, if Joshua vs Wilder isn't booked, the British champion will face WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in September instead.

This would mean the fight with Wilder will be pushed until the early months of 2019 at the earliest, but according to Daniel Dubois, this might not be a bad thing for Joshua.

The British heavyweight prospect said to Boxing Scene that he doesn't blame his former sparring partner for possibly fighting Povetkin instead of Wilder for two reasons.

Less threat, More Money

Dubois sees Joshua opting to fight opting to fight the Russian boxer first instead of the American because he poses less of a threat and he can earn more money. 

He said: “Personally I don’t blame him for going for an easy option. Take on someone else, someone that’s less of a threat. Wilder is a very dangerous fighter.

“He [Wilder] is a big, serious threat for AJ losing the titles. That’s money. Money gone. Money he could earn otherwise, fighting different opposition.”

Boxing fans will be hoping that a Joshua vs Wilder fight is booked quickly, otherwise, Joshua will have no choice but to fight against the WBA mandatory challenger.

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As for who would win when Joshua and Wilder do finally meet, Dubois believes it will be the American that wins rather than his fellow Brit.

He said: “I’d favour Wilder. It’s equally risky for both of them but I favour Wilder.”

The negotiations between Joshua and Wilder are still ongoing, but progress is being made.

There is a large belief that the fight will take place later this year, and the two sides have already agreed on the majority of the terms, including the contest taking place in the UK.

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