Wembley seals two-fight Joshua deal

Anthony Joshua has today (Thursday) committed to contesting two fights at London’s Wembley Stadium, with Mayor Sadiq Khan stating a plan is in place to avert the threat of reduced capacity for the events.

The first fight will take place on September 22, when Joshua (pictured) will defend his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles. The 28-year-old will then return to Wembley on April 13 next year for what will mark his 23rd professional fight.

Joshua fought at Wembley last April, defeating Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 people, an attendance that marked a British post-war record. He has since retained his unbeaten record with wins over Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has ensured that the fights will be able to go ahead in front of capacity crowds by working with Transport for London, who will postpone planned engineering works and provide additional staff for the events.

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, wrote on Twitter that capacity for the September fight will be set at 90,000, with the hope this will be extended to over 100,000 for the April bout.

Hearn added in a statement: “I don’t think anyone will either forget that night of April 29 against Klitschko and we plan to bring two more dramatic events to Wembley Stadium in September and April. Images from these AJ events make our country the envy of the boxing world and long may it continue.”

Khan added: “That incredible night last year when Anthony Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in front of a record crowd will go down as one of our city’s greatest sporting events. 

“I am absolutely delighted that Wembley is set to host these next two chapters of AJ’s remarkable career. We have once again worked closely with Transport for London to make sure this can happen and to allow for tens of thousands of boxing fans to travel to Wembley Stadium for the fights. 

“I have pledged to bring the biggest bouts in world boxing to London and these epic showdowns will cement London’s reputation as the best city in the world for top-class sport.”

Joshua is expected to take on Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in the September fight ahead of a possible showdown with Deontay Wilder of the US next April.

With two more sell-outs at Wembley expected, Joshua will have sold in excess of 400,000 tickets over five title fights.